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Mission, Platform & Principles

Mission
The California Alcohol Policy Alliance (CAPA) shall unite diverse organizations and communities in California to protect health and safety, and prevent alcohol-related harm through statewide action.

Platform
These are the core issues we now unite on, and others shall be developed. All issues will become specific advocacy and policy change action items.

  • Raise the price of alcohol through taxes and fees, supporting the “Charge for Harm” concept that the industry should pay for treatment, prevention and all other costs to government.
  • Limit alcohol advertising in all media, especially on government-controlled property and where children or targeted populations are exposed.
  • Make the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control effective, efficient, transparent, and accountable to public health and safety concerns of the community, and not to cater to industry profits and license expediency, through policies that reduce alcohol outlet density and increase funding for alcohol control,regulation, and enforcement.
  • Eliminate product lines (such as alcopops and malt liquors) oriented to underage youth and vulnerable or targeted populations.
  • Reduce the allowable blood alcohol content for drivers as “Point .05 Saves Lives”.
Operating Principles
We shall form an ongoing, statewide alliance in support of a preventive alcohol policy agenda for the State of California. This is an organization-based alliance, but individuals will be encouraged to volunteer.

  • CAPA will lobby and take positions on legislation and regulatory reform as part of it’s work, including both direct lobbying and grassroots lobbying. However, a CAPA position does not require any organization to support that legislation or to lobby. CAPA, along with it’s coalition partners, will develop and support legislation based on the platform each year and each session. Regressive alcohol legislation and state policies will be opposed.
  • We shall maintain unity around our core principles of alcohol prevention and recovery, and reflect our respect for the diversity of communities, languages and voices at the state and local levels.
  • While Alcohol Justice will be the fiscal sponsor and initial organizing staff, we also recognize and encourage broad capacity building of organizations and agencies.
  • We shall organize city, county and state efforts for true power to the people. Neighborhoods and youth voices are needed to confront the combined power of the alcohol industry, which is led by global alcohol corporations,wholesalers, retailers and their advertising firms.
  • Issue Action Committees will be created to guide our policies, goals and campaigns.

California Legislative Positions

california Alcohol-related legislative activity in California, including bills and budget proposals.
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CAPA 2nd Annual Summit A SUCCESS


Over 100 alcohol prevention allies from across the state gathered in Los Angeles on September 18th for the 2nd Annual CAPA Summit to celebrate their victory over the 4 am Bar Bill and plan for the coming year.  We were joined by keynote speaker, Jacob Appelsmith, Director of Alcoholic Beverage Control, and LA City Council Member Paul Koretz.  Alcohol Prevention Heroes honored included Assembly Member Raul Bocanegra (D-39). ABC PIO John Carr, Lynne Goodwin of Friday Night Live Partnership and Jaime Rich of Center for Human Development.

Thanks to all who made the day one of spirit and energy -- we look making CAPA even stronger in the year to come.

WE STOPPPED SB 384!

WE DID IT!


StopWieners4am

LAST CALL for SB384: Gutted & Replaced!

Thanks to the work of CAPA and our advocates and allies across the state, Wiener's 4 a.m. Bar Bill is effectively dead! On September 1st, at the final Assembly Appropriations Committee, the bill was changed to merely be a study of extended hours, and by the end of the session, the author amended the  bill language to no longer address alcohol at all. We commend the hundreds of individuals and organizations across the state that made this happen. This is huge win for CAPA and shows that we can make change in Sacramento! 

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ABC Connection

2017 February ABC Stakeholders Meeting

CAPA members take ABC Stakeholders' Meeting in Sacramento by storm. Wednesday, 2/8/17. From left to right: Helena Williams (ABC), Jim Kooler (CAPA), Sara Cooley (CAPA), Kathy Barnes (ABC), John Carr (ABC), Patty Hoyt (CAPA), Scott Chipman (CAPA), Kathy Lippitt (CAPA), Bruce Livingston (CAPA), Jaime Rich (CAPA), Brenda Simmons (CAPA).  Not pictured: Kim O'Neil, Fred Jones, Mike Scippa.


Interested in ABC's budget and plans for 2017? Click here for the slideshow presented at the meeting.pdf


CAPA is deeply concerned about the problems with California's Alcohol Beverage Control agency.
The Sacramento Bee: Number of California alcohol cops drops as industry grows

 

Victories - Palcohol Ban

WE BANNED POWDERED ALCOHOL!

CA State Assembly Member Jaquin Irwin receives an award from the California Alcohol Policy Alliance
CAPA members presented Assembly Member Jacqui Iriwn (D-Camarillo) with the CAPA Alcohol Prevention Hero award at her district office in mid December. Assembly Member Irwin was honored for her work on the Powdered Alcohol ban, which passed last year, and continued leadership in alcohol policy. Pictured with the Assembly Member are Kim O'Neil of Project SAFER, CAPA Steering Committee member, and Sara Cooley of Alcohol Justice.

California's ban on powdered alcohol took effect January 1, 2017
Thank you for your hard work!
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pdfAB 1554 (Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks)
pdfAB 1554 Fact Sheet
pdfSB 819 (Huff, R-San Dimas)

pdfAlcohol Justice Press Release

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Mission & Platform

The California Alcohol Policy Alliance (CAPA) shall unite diverse organizations and communities in California to protect health and safety, and prevent alcohol-related harm through statewide action.

Member Organizations

Alcohol Justice
Alcohol-Narcotic Education Foundation
AADAP, Inc.
ADAPT- San Ramon
Bay Area Community Resources
Behavioral Health Services, Inc.
CA Council on Alcohol Problems
Center for Human Development
Center for Open Recovery
Eden Youth and Family Center
Institute for Public Strategies
FASD Network of Southern CA
FreeMUNI – SF
Friday Night Live Partnership
Koreatown Youth and Community Center
L.A. County Friday Night Live
L.A. Drug & Alcohol Policy Alliance
Laytonville Healthy Start
Lutheran Office of Public Policy – California
MFI Recovery Center
Mountain Communities Family Resource Center
Partnership for a Positive Pomona
Paso por Paso, Inc.
Project SAFER
Pueblo y Salud
Reach Out
San Marcos Prevention Coalition
San Rafael Alcohol & Drug Coalition
Santee Solutions
SF DogPAC
SAY San Diego
Saving Lives Drug & Alcohol Coalition
South Orange County Coalition
Tarzana Treatment Centers, Inc.
The Wall Las Memorias Project
UCEPP Social Model Recovery Systems
Women Against Gun Violence
Youth for Justice

CAPA By The Numbers

CAPA has been busy this legislative season.  Now that the 2017 legislative year has come to a close, take a look at all the statewide action we've made happen. 
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capa by the numbers

CAPA in the News

news imageBetween December and February 2016, news reports mentioning CAPA reached 177,849,252 readers internationally.

L.A. Could See Legal After-Hours Alcohol at Bars and Clubs Under New Proposal
LA Weekly, November 29, 2017

WeHo May Become One of Six Cities Where Bars Can Pour Until Four

WeHoville, November 29, 2017

Will Sacramento bars stay open until 4 a.m.? They have that option if bill passes

Sacramento Bee, November 28, 2017

California Bill To Extend Last Call Fails In Committee
CBS Los Angeles, September 1, 2017

Hold your horses! Possible 1935 CA booze law change faces LA fight
My News LA, August 31, 2017

Extend California's last call to 4 a.m.? Some say no
FOX 11 LA, August31, 2017

Another Crucial Vote for a 4 a.m. Last Call Goes Up Tomorrow in the CA State Assembly
LA Eater, August 31, 2017

What Would A 4 A.M. Last Call Look Like In Los Angeles?
LAist, August 30, 2017

Opposition Rises Against Bill to Allow Later Last Call Times
City News Service, August 31, 2017

Alliance rallies against bill allowing later bar hours
San Diego Uptown News, August 25, 2017

Public safety groups want to cut off bill to allow California bars to serve until 4 a.m.
San Diego Union Tribune, August 22, 2017

4 a.m. last call proposal gets some L.A. love "but not everyone is toasting the legislation"
L.A. Weekly, August 21, 2017

With vote looming, supporters of bill to extend last call make case to L.A.
CBS-TV, Channel 2, KCAL 9, Los Angeles, August 18, 2017

My Thoughts: Pitfalls of a bill that extends the hours of alcohol sales
The Daily Independent, August 5, 2017

Late-call bar bill raises concern about public safety
Marin Independent Journal, July 7, 2017

4 a.m. bar bill blows local control smoke
San Francisco Examiner, July 4, 2017

Nightlife bill advances to state Assembly
San Francisco Chronicle, June 1, 2017

Proposal To Sell Booze Til 4 A.M. Clears CA Senate Committee
SFist, May 30, 2017

4 a.m. Last Call Proposal Has a Shot
LA Weekly, May 26, 2017

City Hall: Alcohol Kills, Isn't Anybody Listening?
City Watch, May 22, 2017

Later bar closings? LA's South Bay says no
Daily Breeze, May 20, 2017

San Diegans say later bar hours = public safety risk
San Diego Union Tribune, April 19, 2017

Senator Wiener Proposes Extending Bar Hours
Capitol Public Radio, Sacramento, California, March 14, 2017

Reader says extending bar hours would create additional dangerspdf 
Lodi New Sentinel, February 27, 2017

California bill would extend late-night drinking hours to 4 a.m.pdf 
Pasadena Star News, February 21, 2017

Don't let our schools turn into alcohol companies:
"UC Davis dumped barrels of wine each year. Now it might sell for $80 a bottle" The Sacramento Bee, January 1, 2017.

Reject "bangs and a buzz"; no liquor in CA hair salons:
"Californians to say 'cheers' at hair salons in 2017" The Daily Mail, December 29, 2016

CA Public Health Advocates Hopeful About ABC Changespdf
CAPA Press Release, September 7, 2016

Jorge Castillo to Deliver Keynote Address on CAPA at the San Diego Alcohol Policy Panel 
CAPA Announcement, April 15, 2016

CAPA 2016 Youth Advocacy Day - In support of AB 1554 - to ban powdered alcohol in California
CAPA Announcement, March 29, 2016