Alcohol Fee - Too Broad
Supervisor Avalos has proposed an alcohol fee on all wholesalers and distributors to pay for the costs of chronic inebriants. But is this the right way to go? Do all distributors and sellers of alcohol share the burden equally or do the corner grocers that reside in the neighborhoods where the chronic inebriates live and drink themselves to death share more of a burden. Similiar to a business improvement district, or a gang injunction zone, I think that these areas where the majority of chronic inebriates buy their alcohol should be mapped and bound and a fee should be place in this area or on these stores specifically. It would be easy to map where the chronic inebriates come from after their hospital visits and then determine where the fees should be placed. Because a restaurant chooses to sell alcohol doesn't mean they should pay this fee when their customers have nothing to do with the burden that the tax payers face.