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Novato Police Bust Up Party For Underage Drinking

Alcohol and drugs are found at a San Marin party with 40 juveniles, in violation of the social host ordinance.

By Bay City News Service

Novato police issued several citations to juveniles who were drinking alcohol during a party Saturday night in the San Marin neighborhood.

At about 8:50 p.m., plain-clothes officers conducting a youth alcohol prevention enforcement spotted a large group of juveniles in the 200 block of San Marin Drive, police said.

Officers contacted an adult resident of a home that had about 40 juveniles in it, some who were consuming alcohol, police said. Several juveniles fled when officers arrived.

One juvenile was cited for minor in possession of alcohol; another was cited for public intoxication; and two juveniles were cited for possession of marijuana, police said.

The adult resident was cited for the social host-Novato municipal code violation, according to police.

All of the cited juveniles were released to a parent or guardian, police said.

The case has been sent to the Marin County courts.

Click here for a report from the Marin Independent Journal on this incident.

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Ventress Dugan October 29, 2012 at 03:31 AM
What parent allows this!
Anthony October 29, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Many do. You would be surprised.
Vanessa Espinoza October 29, 2012 at 07:29 PM
There is NO excuse for kids driving and drinking. When I was a teen and it was illegal for me to drink, I did. My parents were great parents and didn't "allow" drinking BUT I did. WHAT makes you think it is any different now? I'd MUCH prefer my daughter or son to not do these things but I also prefer knowing the truth and watching them as they are stupid and don't drive any where. I'm not FOR hosting these parties but I'm a realist and care they stay alive and not hiding in an isolated area where there isn't anyone smart or sober enough to call 911. I truly wish there was a better way than saying no and the kids lying, don't you? Some kids drink and some don't. Some are stupid and have no common sense. Don't hate me for standing up for parents who want to keep their kids safe at home. Some parents really have good communication with their children and aren't trying to be the cool parent-- they are trying their best. Holier than thou folks... Try your best to be honest with yourself and think what kinds of unsafe situations you got yourself in when you were 16-21.
Novato Native October 29, 2012 at 07:59 PM
I think Europe has a better approach to alcohol consumption from educating their "children" on moderation and purpose of alcohol to the midday beer or speciality drink (different countries have different traditions). They let their very young children drink but from the many families I know they they don't host parties or allow their first drinking experience to be that of a "binge-like" free for all with 40 friends! They also have a driving age much later than ours and utilize public transportation and even walk about town. Don't get me wrong - this isn't every country or every family and culturally a shift towards "no" drinking until you are older has definitely taken place in the past decade. I don't know what I will do with my child ....if possible I may start with a DNA test for addictive genes, a psychological exam, hire a field of researchers and a private investigator to see what they already do when I am not looking THEN decide how to formulate my approach to alcohol consumption and drug abuse. Regardless, it won't be easy and I will always want the truth and will never punish for a call in the middle of the night for a safe ride home!
Anthony October 29, 2012 at 08:02 PM
I like your approach Kelly. A reason some kids would rather drive drunk and take the risk is so they don't have to tell their parents. More parents need to tell their kids they won't get in trouble if they call late for a ride home so they don't have to drive. Sadly, most parents do not do this.
Ventress Dugan October 29, 2012 at 09:19 PM
You are all assuming that these kids are able to think at all after they decide to party. They do not have the skills or experience to do this. They do not (or do their parents) remember all of the stories we hear and read about, whenever there is an accident. These happen in an instant and affect so many lives....whether these kids are driving, at home or up in the hills. We need to talk to our children, listen to them and try our best to guide them.
Vanessa Espinoza October 30, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Yes, listen and guide them-- if they even want to share. Keep your word about no questions asked! How many parents really do that? If your kids can't trust you to do that, they aren't going to tell you about drinking. Some will & most won't. W/ my children, I was very supportive, communicated w/them, picked them up w/out question, only to find they lied or concealed anyway. I gave ample opportunities to always be able to NOT have to lie or conceal. Expectations, boundaries & consequences was taught. Modification, responsibility, safety, EVERYTHING was discussed. Some great decisions were made & some poor decisions as well. Every child is different & will push the limit. I am disappointed they took advantage of my sincere desire to assist them in responsible growth. They had opportunities -- to be safe, have fun, be able to "party" responsibly, to be honest & not judged. To have an open honest relationship w/parents. I didn't fail completely, but liars they were. Those of you who "think" that you can watch every move and prevent all ... You can't! Go ahead, knock yourself out. Believe you are in control but you are only as much as your child lets you believe. As any good parent, you need to believe in your child. In time we all become privy to the poor decisions our children & we made. Love your child & help them learn to make good choices/decisions while you aren't w/them.
Ventress Dugan October 30, 2012 at 02:14 AM
Vanessa, you are spot on! It's when the parents think that the kids partying at home while they are on the property is the way to go, are mistaken. It leaves a false sense of security for both. Why not offer other ways of having a good time, that does not involve alcohol.

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