City of San Diego Beach and Parks Alcohol Ban, Proposition D (November 2008)
Proposition D was placed on the ballot by a unanimous vote of the San Diego city council 6 months into a trial alcohol ban that began January 2008. All City of San Diego residents registered to Vote are eligible to weigh in on the issue. If the Proposition passes 45 parks, 2000 acres of parkland, 26 miles of Pacific Coast shoreline CITY-WIDE will be permanently be affected by this alcohol ban. If it fails the City Council will be forced to come up with a solution that works for both sides.
Since the temporary ban went into effect in January 2008, police have written more than 500 citations to beach-goers who had alcohol on or about their persons in violation of the temporary ban. The penalty is $250 and up to 6 months in prison.
Voters narrowly rejected a temporary ban in 2002. The 2002 measure called for alcohol to be barred on parts of two city beaches. It lost by under 3,000 votes, out of more than 170,000 that were cast in that election. This was the second time San Diego voted against an alcohol ban.
The group Queer San Diego Democratic Club supported Proposition D, in support of beach-area residents who say it is a quality of life issue for them.
- These final, certified, results are from the San Diego County elections office.
Advocacy group fined
In February 2010, San Diego's Ethics Commission fined the La Mesa-based Neighborhood Market Association $14,000, alleging that the group had sponsored two campaign committees to oppose Proposition D but failed to disclose that it was the main financial backer for each.
The question on the ballot:
|PROPOSITION D: "Shall the People of the City of San Diego amend San Diego Municipal Code section 56.54 to make the consumption of alcohol unlawful at City beaches, Mission Bay Park, and coastal parks?"|
- Booze ban taking a toll on many different levels
- San Diego Safe Beach Coalition, website opposing the permanent alcohol ban and devoted to raising beach safety awareness
- Safe Beaches, website supporting the ban.
- Free PB, website opposing the ban.
- How Booze Ban Passed