The council panel on public safety will begin its consideration of the beach alcohol ban being proposed by Councilman Kevin Faulconer at a meeting tomorrow.

Faulconer proposed banning alcohol around-the-clock at all the beaches within the council district he represents — including Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, Mission Bay and Ocean Beach — after 16 beachgoers were arrested on Labor Day for their part in a hullabaloo that prompted police to don riot gear and close a major thoroughfare.

But City Attorney Mike Aguirre, who said he supports Faulconer’s proposal, has laid out in a recent memo several other options that the council might consider. He said the council could choose an alcohol ban on holidays (such as Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day), which is a tack Mayor Jerry Sanders supports.

Despite the outrage over the Labor Day fiasco, the ban will likely face some political opposition at City Hall, in the business community and at the ballot box. Last month, I took a look at the tough path the ban will have to traverse before it finds its way to the city’s books.

The Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee will meet tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the council chambers, located on the 12th floor of 202 C St.


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