Proposed liquor restrictions – a case of force over reason

6 Aug

As usual, the authorities gravitate towards the force of law, rather than reason, to solve a problem. It always exacerbates the problem rather than quell it.

Consider the proposed alcohol restrictions, such as closing downtown establishments early and denying new establishments a license to serve alcohol. Not only does it hurt business, it totally dodges the actual problem: heavy drinking by young adults mixed with violence. If people can’t go out to restaurants and bars (where there is security) then there will be more house parties and underground raves. If police want to control the abuses of alcohol and make sure the scene is safe, I’d think they’d want to steer the party scene to all the downtown establishments where they know what and where everything’s going on. But it seems they want the opposite. Maybe they’re itching to put on the riot gear and roll a tank.

And the question of liquor licenses for retail markets? If you close one drinking fountain but leave the other on, it makes the line twice as long. Please, council, use reason.

Casey Aplanalp, 

(Thanks Casey!))


3 Responses to “Proposed liquor restrictions – a case of force over reason”

  1. Juanita Sumner August 6, 2013 at 8:48 pm #

    Good point – you’d think they’d want to expand the controlled atmosphere of the restaurants and bars, where well-trained employees can actually help the cops to keep the scene under control.

    And I agree with a remark made by one of the bar owners – this proposal would stifle creativity. There are proposals for some interesting new bars and restaurants offering different kinds of food and entertainment, but because they serve alcohol, city $taff and the police department expect them to submit to what amounts to a shake down.

    I read a report put together for ex-CSUC president Manuel Esteban, and it said one of the biggest problems was a lack of entertainment for the late teens, early 20’s crowd. I think that’s still a problem. It’s nice to have safe places, where they can have meals with friends and see good bands. Well trained staff can spot illegal behavior or symptoms of overdrinking.

  2. Jay August 6, 2013 at 9:25 pm #

    As a recent CSU, Chico graduate, I must agree – the bars are really not that detrimental to downtown Chico. In fact, most of the bar owners and their staff are paranoid about binge drinking and will kick you out in an instant, and most of those whom are over 21 leave the establishments in a peaceful state of mind (both walking in a straight line and stumbling). The main issues I have heard are with out of town thuggers stabbing someone in the back (literally) or even worse, the underage drinking crowd in the South of Campus area featuring riots and mass binge drinking, deaths from over-drinking, etc. The truth is, the majority of establishments downtown provide a safe environment to enjoy alcoholic beverages, with peer-pressure, business, and maturity controls in place to avoid any issues. The underage drinking is what should be the primary concern, as well as addressing crime issues, or finding ways to deal with the homeless. I think Chief Trostle is just promoting “feel good” policies, if you ask me.

    • casey aplanalp August 7, 2013 at 9:18 am #

      I think our police chief is going beyond “feel good” policy. To suggest data recording? Swipe your ID at the bar so you can be tracked by police? That is Soviet-style police State stuff, and the thought should not even be entertained, even if it comes with a nice warm hug.
      I remember some years ago they suggested shutting down the bars early and turning off the street lights on Halloween. They didn’t actually do it, but it would’ve started a riot. Their suggestions for social policy would lead to greater problems.

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