Kudos to the San Luis Obispo City Council and Cal Poly for working together to include the start of the academic year in its safety enhancement zone ordinance. The doubling of fines for a variety of alcohol-fueled violations sends a clear message to students that both the city and the university are prioritizing health, safety and citizenship.
My hope is that this same attitude will prevail when they review a disturbing practice that is becoming a sad addition to our town’s traditions at the end of the academic year. I am referring to the bars that open in the early hours of the graduation weekend and are augmented by portable toilets on the streets. The combination of special hours and facilities not usually available send the wrong message to students. The aggressive drinking establishments present a danger to our students and citizens who wish to participate in sober activities downtown. The practice reflects a seamy side of our burg to downtown visitors.
If it is within the jurisdiction of the council, the restriction of the early openings for city bars would be yet another sign that the city has its priorities in order.