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Alcohol Justice to Release New National Report on Alcohol Advertising on Public Transit

MEDIA ADVISORY                                                                  
For events occurring October 25, 2013   


 CONTACT: Michael Scippa 415 548-0492
Jorge Castillo 213 840-3336


Alcohol Justice to Release New National Report on
Alcohol Advertising on Public Transit
Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz to Renew Call to
Pass Ordinance Banning Alcohol Ads on L.A. Public Property


LOS ANGELES, CA (October 23, 2013) – Alcohol Justice, youth, adults, and community organizations that make up the Coalition to Ban Alcohol Ads on Public Property in Los Angeles ( will hold a press conference Friday, October 25, 2013, to release a new report on the state of alcohol advertising on public transit titled “These Bus Ads Don’t Stop for Children.”  They will also encourage passage of a local ordinance supported by Council Member Paul Koretz to prohibit alcohol advertising on city-owned and controlled property.

What:          Press Conference

When:         Friday, October 25, 2013 9:00 AM

Where:       Los Angeles City Hall, West 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012

Speakers include:

  • Kurtwood Smith, Actor, Activist, MC of event
  • Paul Koretz, Los Angeles City Councilmember
  • Sarah Blanch - Project Manager, Institute for Public Strategies
  • Richard Zaldivar – founder, The Wall – Las Memorias Project
  • Ruben Rodriguez, Executive Director, Pueblo y Salud, Inc.
  • Janice Boafo - Project Coordinator and Program Operations Supervisor, Tarzana Treatment Center
  • Bruce Lee Livingston, Executive Director / CEO, Alcohol Justice
  • Terry Marquez, Chair, Boyle Heights Stakeholders Association, NW
  • Jerry Grenard, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, School of Community and Global Health, Claremont Graduate University
  • Dennis Hathaway, President, Coalition to Ban Billboard Blight
  • John O. Whitaker, Jr., CDS, CATC II, President, Paso Por Paso
  • Kevin M. Key, Community Organizer, United Coalition East Prevention Project


Lawmakers should work to ban alcohol advertising on property that government controls, including public transportation vehicles and street furniture and restrict alcohol advertising in out-of-home locations elsewhere as well.

  • Families and youth utilize city owned and controlled property on a daily basis, such as school buildings, recreation centers, libraries and bus shelters
  • Last December, UCLA, Center for Alcohol Marketing to Youth, & Dr. Jonathan Fielding submitted clear and compelling evidence that alcohol advertising on city owned property encourages youth alcohol consumption which leads to harm
  • The L.A. County Department of Public Health has recommended reducing alcohol advertising in public spaces and in areas commonly seen by minors as a way to help discourage underage drinking
  • The City of Los Angeles should play a positive role in reducing exposure to alcohol ads to protect youth and reduce alcohol-related harm to all residents and visitors of Los Angeles
  • Despite claims of economic necessity, revenue from alcohol ads comprises less than 1% of reporting agencies’ operating revenue

Coalition members include:

  • American Indian Movement – WEST
  • Alcohol Justice
  • Asian American Drug Abuse Program Inc.
  • Boyle Heights Stakeholders Association
  • Boyle Heights Coalition for a Safe & Drug Free Community
  • California Hispanic Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse
  • Coalition to Ban Billboard Blight
  • Community Coalition
  • Institute for Public Strategies
  • Koreatown Youth & Community Center
  • Mexican History Foundation
  • Mothers of East L.A. (MELA)
  • Personal Involvement Center, Inc.
  • P3 Partnership for a Positive Pomona
  • Phoenix House
  • Pillar of Fire Church
  • Paso por Paso
  • Pueblo y Salud
  • Saving Lives Drug and Alcohol Coalition
  • Sycamore Grove School
  • Tarzana Treatment Centers & AWARE Coalition
  • United Coalition East Prevention Project
  • Woman’s Christian Temperance Union
  • Women Against Gun Violence
  • Writers In Treatment

Supporters include:

  • Michael & Kitty Dukakis, former Massachusetts Governor & First Lady
  • Boyle Heights Neighborhood Council
  • California Council on Alcohol Problems
  • California Alliance for Retired Americans
  • Center for Living and Learning
  • County Alcohol and Drug Program Administrators’ Association of California
  • Crescenta Valley Drug & Alcohol Prevention Coalition
  • Cri-Help
  • Day One Pasadena
  • Dr. J. Benjamin Hardwick
  • Monsignor John Moretta
  • NCADD East San Gabriel & Pomona Valleys
  • Public Citizen
  • Resurrection Church Neighborhood Watch – Los Angeles
  • San Fernando Valley Partnership
  • Venice Neighborhood Council

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