San Jose approves Social Host Law

San Jose passes new Social Host Law

By Christopher Clark
|  Wednesday, May 16, 2012  |  Updated 11:26 AM PDT
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San Jose approves Social Host Law

Rory Devine reports

An ordinance designed to discourage teenagers from drinking and adults from allowing them to imbibe illegally has passed in San Jose.

The new ordinance, approved by the San Jose City Council on Tuesday night, is called the social host law.

The bottom line for homeowners now is: If there is an underage drinking party on your property, even if your not home, you are now responsible and liable for anything that happens.

The unanimous vote makes San Jose the largest city in the region to adopt such a law. Santa Clara County and the cities of Morgan Hill, Gilroy, Palo Alto, Saratoga, Monte Sereno, Santa Clara, Los Altos, Los Gatos and Milpitas already have social host laws.

Councilwoman Nancy Pyle led the effort to pass the city law after a fatal 2010 drunken-driving crash killed Leland High grad Roshan Rahbari.

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