What parents need to know now about the new Social Host Laws
University of Oregon students created a video to explain the current situation in Eugene and their point-of-view on the new proposed Social Host Ordinance. (Credit: Joseph Stefan, Nickolaus W. Schwarz and Stacie Lewis)
Eugene, Oregon’s city council is holding a public hearing at 7:30pm on November 19 to discuss a new Social Host ordinance that would penalize hosts if a party gets out of control and police are called. This ordinance would not apply exclusively to underage drinking parties but to any parties in which “…five or more people were present at a party where alcohol is served and there were two or more offenses taking place, such as excessive noise, drinking in public, disorderly conduct or public urination”, according to the local newspaper, The Register Guard.
The Eugene city council voted to hold the public meeting against the wishes of South Eugene Councilor Betty Taylor and the president of the Associated Students at the University of Oregon, Laura Hinman, both of whom asked for a delay so the University students and administration might give input and attempt to address the problem locally.
City Councilor Alan Zelenka, who represents the community that encompasses the university, noted that residents have been complaining about noise from students’ parties, and have been threatening to move out of the neighborhood.
According to The Oregon Commentator, a journal published by self-described politically conservative students at UO, there is a petition to oppose the SHO and they are planning both a rally an hour before the city council meets and a protest at the city council meeting. They are hoping to gather 100 students to attend the council meeting “in order to show the city council that the student body opposes this ordinance.”
A party ordinance already exists in Eugene. The new ordinance is stricter and provides steeper penalties.