PALMDALE – The Palmdale Planning Commission will hold a public hearing this evening to discuss how alcohol-related problems impact the community and, in particular, the children.
The event starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at the City Council chambers, located at 38300 Sierra Highway in Palmdale.
The public hearing was requested by the Prevention Community Council (PCC) of Palmdale to inform the Commission on how alcohol control policies and enforcement factor into reducing problems like DUIs and violent crime.
“Our primary goal is to reduce alcohol consumption and binge drinking by underage youth who reside in Palmdale,” stated Waunette Cullors, prevention project coordinator for Pueblo y Salud.”No one is wanting to get rid of alcohol; we simply want stronger controls that limit alcohol sales in certain areas of our community, especially near schools.”
The grass-roots collaboration is supported by the Antelope Valley Healthcare District board of directors, whose members will address the Planning Commission during the public hearing.
Experts in the alcohol prevention field and prominent members of the community will also speak at the hearing.
The hearing is the culmination of a yearlong collaboration between City staff and health and safety advocates.
“The hope is to reach a compromise that takes into account the city’s business interests while creating an environment that is healthy and safe for residents, especially for our children,” stated Diane Love, a member of the Prevention Community Council.
The PCC encourages all local residents to attend the March 12 public hearing to add their voices to this very important issue.