The folly of the L.A. City Council knows no bounds.
The political body that has in the past focused on such major metropolitan issues as the circus, cat declawing and e-cigarettes is now looking at requiring warning labels and even age restrictions for the scourge of hardcore street crime - energy drinks.
Yeah, we're talking about liquid crack here:
What's extra hilarious about this proposal is that it comes from Councilman Bernard Parks. He told CBS Los Angeles last night:
I do think we need to be concerned about whether young people get access.
Why's that funny? Well, Parks was probably the most vocal proponent of late-night raves being allowed to continue operating at the L.A. Coliseum, where he was a commissioner when controversy broke out.
The parties were ultimately booted in 2011.
The furor stemmed from the 2010 death of a 15-year-old girl who had sneaked into a Coliseum party. The age requirement for such events went from 16 to 18, and Parks fought for teens' right to party.
Police expressed concern about elevated levels of drug use and dozens of ecstasy overdose hospitalizations, not to mention sporadic deaths over the years.
Parks compared electronic dance music festivals to concerts at the Hollywood Bowl. Heck, he even compared them to sporting events.
That's fine. We're not going to argue with a party expert like Parks, the former chief of the LAPD.
The beverage proposal, which would also educate city workers on the alleged dangers of energy drinks, was heard yesterday in the Arts, Parks, Health, Aging, and River Committee but was put off to a later date.
Mayor Eric Garcetti told CBS Los Angeles that such restrictions, labeling and education is "a fair thing to look at."
Monster, which is distributed by Coca-Cola, has noted that its products have less caffeine than "a medium 16-ounce coffeehouse coffee" which "contains at least 320 mg of caffeine."
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Parks told CBS Los Angeles that ...
... If you're in this mode of drinking this energy drink, instead of eating your breakfast, lunch and dinner, and you're using it to stay up for long periods of time ...
Sounds like energy drink consumers are raving mad.