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Drinking is bad tradition in Nevada City

Nevada City should be “alcohol accessible,” said one local merchant during debate about open containers at a recent City Council meeting. The Joe Cain Society, however, says things are getting out of hand at the popular parade in March, and asked the City Council to ban open containers on the street.

Nevada City is already “alcohol accessible” in its numerous watering holes. What it isn’t is disabled accessible, let alone financially accessible for most local residents. Joe Cain Day is fun, or was, and is designed to bring in a lot of people from out of town to spend money. What does that have to do with swilling on the sidewalk from beer bottles than can be handily turned into lethal weapons with one quick tap against a convenient brick? Why is that a good idea when there are little kids excited about a parade mixed in with a booze-toting crowd?



The Chamber of Commerce offered to pay for more cops to keep order to keep the booze flowing. It’s not the alcohol, says the chamber president, it’s the people that are the problem. Some bullies showed up from Sacramento or some other godless place and caused all the trouble last year, the story goes. People expect to come to Nevada City events and drink on the streets, the Chamber asserts. “It’s tradition!”

Used to be they took out the windows of the bars, said a city councilman, and served hard likker right over the sill. Dang! The good ole days sure were fun, when people could get drunk, get rowdy, get peeved, get beaten up, get arrested (maybe) and then get in their cars and drive away.




That’s the part that prompted me to write this letter. Twenty years ago, my oldest son and his friends were bicycling to the movies when a young woman going home from a party for a co-worker ran a stop sign and slammed into him. He died in the street. She just had a couple of beers at the party.

What a great tradition to continue in Nevada City.

JoAnn Chartier

Grass Valley


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