Advocates Rally in San Francisco to Support a Charge for Harm Alcohol Mitigation Fee

Tuesday, August 3, 2010 Drug News J E 4
Local Ordinance will help City Recover $17.7 Million in Alcohol-Related Health Care Costs



What: News Conference and Rally

When: August 4, 2010 10:00 a.m.

Where: San Francisco City Hall (Polk St. Steps)

Who: Partial list of invited participants...

Why: To advocate for the passage of California's first Charge for Harm local ordinance to assess alcohol wholesalers, distributors and others for a portion of San Francisco's alcohol-related harm. Introduced by Supervisor John Avalos and cosponsored by Supervisors Sophie Maxwell and Russ Mirkarimi, the measure is supported by a San Francisco Controller's "nexus" study that detailed over $17 million in costs to city funded services like treatment, prevention, medical transport and hospitalization for alcohol related illness. The fee ordinance will be discussed in a SF Board of Supervisors Finance Committee meeting at 11 a.m. in the Board's main chambers.

To help the public understand the astronomical annual cost of alcohol-related harm in San Francisco, and the effects on a chronically under-funded health care system.

To elevate visibility of the Charge for Harm movement - a rapidly growing, diverse, statewide constituency of concerned individuals, treatment and prevention service providers, cities, counties, public health officials, enforcement, labor, youth and faith-based groups determined to pass fair and meaningful alcohol-harm mitigation fees in California.

CONTACT: Michael Scippa, +1-415-548-0492, Jorge Castillo, +1-213-840-3336, both of the Charge for Harm Alliance

/PRNewswire-USNewswire -- Aug. 2/

-- John Avalos, Supervisor, City and County of San Francisco -- Sophie Maxwell, Supervisor, City and County of San Francisco -- Ross Mirkarimi, Supervisor, City and County of San Francisco -- Reverend Norman Fong, Program Director, Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC) -- Tom O'Connor, President, San Francisco Firefighters Local 798 -- Mitch Katz, M.D., Director of San Francisco Department of Public Health -- Larry Bevan, President, SEIU 1021 -- Michael Rokeach, M.D., President, San Francisco Medical Society -- Dr. Mimi Silbert, President & CEO, Delancey Street -- Richard Jimenez, M.A., Vice President, Development, Walden House -- Jim Illig, President, San Francisco Health Commission -- Hene Kelly, Legislative Director, California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA) -- Michele Simon, Research & Policy Director, Marin Institute -- Deborah Camarillo, Executive Director, Latino Commission -- Laura Thomas, Deputy State Director, Drug Policy Alliance -- Jimmy Loyce, Executive Director, Black Coalition on Aids -- Arthur Bosse, Executive Director, National Council on Alcoholism and Other Drug Addictions (NCADA)

SOURCE Charge for Harm Alliance


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