Some of those children may be obtaining alcohol from their parents, or from young adults who host house parties, said Mario Saucedo
, a leader of the recently formed Common Vision Coalition
Social host ordinances, which have been adopted by several California cities, can allow police to charge adults for providing teens with a place to drink or for hosting a party where underage drinking takes place.
Currently there is no local law that prevents adults from providing a place for teens to drink.
The social host ordinance would close that loophole, Saucedo
and members of the coalition's substance abuse workgroup told members of the Redlands Teen Council
After asking a number of questions about how the ordinance would work, the Teen Council
gave its endorsement.
Saucedo, who also leads the North Redlands Visioning Committee, formed the Common Vision Coalition with Josiah Bruny, who heads Music Changing Lives, a program for young people that operates out of the Redlands Community Center.
and Bruny said their two groups are continuing their own work, but they hope to accomplish more by working together.
"Look at the Redlands Service Club Council
"All the service clubs in town were accomplishing things, but when they came together they were able to do so much more."
The Service Club
Council has helped marshal volunteers for some major city projects in recent years, including sprucing up the Redlands Bowl and the Redlands Boulevard median last spring.
The Common Vision Coalition
seeks to promote healthy neighborhoods, and the social host ordinance fits right in with that goal, Saucedo
Alcohol abuse can contribute to other problems that affect both the individual and an entire neighborhood.
"Alcohol can be what is called a gateway drug," he