Imperial Beach teens challenge city to crack down on adults

IB looks to toughen social host law

IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. - Local teenagers asked their city to crack down on the adults Wednesday night.

The Imperial Beach City Council looked to revise its social host ordinance by tying up some loopholes the California Court of Appeal ruled were unconstitutional.

The council was encouraged by teenagers from Mar Vista High School who collected hundreds of signatures supporting the tougher law.

A spokeswoman for the Institute for Public Strategies told 10News the ordinance would require an adult hosting a party to inspect their home, check the ages of their partygoers, control the availability of alcohol and control where the alcohol is stored.

Mar Vista sophomore Stephanie Montes says she hears students in the hallways talking about alcohol and parties.

"[I] hear cops around the school having to arrest students and also around my neighborhood," she said.

Mar Vista Principal Wes Braddock said, "Yes, it's concerning but it's also something that the adults need to deal with."

Imperial Beach had the second most underage busts by San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies last year, with 188 violations. It is also one of the five jurisdictions within the county that has yet to tie up the loopholes in its social host ordinance since the appeal in 2006.

Since 2008, 351 citations have been issued countywide for social host violations, which could lead to a $1,000 fine or jail time.

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