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A bit of bad news from one of my friends in Chico that could have dire consequences for the larger Northern California punk scene if adopted by other towns. I'll let you read it and weep:
The city council last Tuesday introduced Chapter 9.40, the "Disorderly Events" ordinance to the Chico Municipal Code.
It is supposed to provide "protection from unsafe behaviors likely to cause injury to persons or property or provoke a violent reaction from another person."
The CPD and city attorney's office have seen fit to include a section on slam dancing/moshing/stage diving.
On page 3, section B: "A disorderly event is an event at which a person or persons... Make rough bodily contact with other persons or engage in 'slamming' in which participants collide their bodies into each other or... Launch themselves from a stage or similar raised platform into a crowd."
"All persons attending a disorderly event shall immediately disperse upon the order of a police officer. All persons not domiciled at the location of such event shall then immediately leave the premises. No person shall fail or refuse to obey and abide by such an order."
Under the Penalties section:
"A person violating, or causing a violation of, any provision of this chapter is guilty of an infraction. A separate offense is committed for each and every hour or part of an hour during which any such violation is committee or caused or permitted to continue. Each offense is punishable separately from every other offense. This punishment shall be cumulative of and in addition to any other applicable punishment or relief provided by federal or state law or city ordinance."
This ordinance was introduced last Tuesday. IT IS NOT THE LAW YET. IT WILL LIKELY BE VOTED INTO EFFECT AT THE NEXT CITY COUNCIL MEETING, ON THE CONSENT AGENDA.
We need anyone interested to get together and take ACTION. Looks like the next meeting July 17.
If enough people call their city councilperson it can be taken off the consent agenda, which would allow you to tell the council, on the public record, what you think about this ordinance.
Please repost and show support!
Up the Punx.