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7/14/2011 3:11:07 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
California: Proposed Concord Daytime Curfew--Please Take Action!

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California: Proposed Concord Daytime Curfew--Please Take Action!

Dear Members and Friends in and around Concord, California:

The Concord City Council is scheduled to take a final vote to enact a
proposed daytime curfew ordinance at its Tuesday, July 26 meeting at
6:30 p.m. Please take action to help protect freedom!

The proposed daytime curfew prohibits minors under age 18 from being
present in any public place during "regular scheduled school hours"
except under certain specified conditions. A link to the proposed
ordinance can be found here: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=11785

This ordinance creates a criminal offense for both minors and their
parents and would allow law enforcement personnel to ticket minors on
the street during school hours.

The daytime curfew proposal is unnecessary and un-American, and HSLDA
believes that there is no change that could make it acceptable. An
ordinance that criminalizes parents and their children for simply
being in a public place is simply unacceptable. Even though the bill
includes a long list of "exceptions," no one should have to defend
themselves from being in a public place simply because they are
minors. City police already have the necessary authority to deal with
crimes, and the schools have laws to address truancy. There is no need
for more regulation.

ACTION REQUESTED (Concord residents only, please)

1. Please attend the 6:30 p.m. July 26 meeting of the committee, in
the Council Chamber at the Concord Civic Center, 1950 Parkside Drive,
Concord, to express your opposition to the proposed daytime curfew.
You may be able to offer testimony depending on how many homeschoolers
show up.

2. Contact City Council members at 925-671-3158 to express your
opposition. Your message can be as simple as "Please vote NO on the
proposed daytime curfew ordinance."

Mr. Christian Lenci, a homeschooling father and HSLDA member, has
graciously agreed to coordinate and update homeschoolers in Concord on
the status of negotiations with the Concord City Council. He can be
reached by email at cclenci@msn.com, or by telephone at 925-726-5528.

BACKGROUND

There is no doubt that public school truancy is a significant problem.

But public schools already know the names and addresses of these
truants, and California law already has substantial enforcement
mechanisms in place. There is no legitimate need to enact ordinances
that create an atmosphere that encourages every young person on the
street during school hours to be treated like a suspected criminal.

If you have questions, please call or email Darren Jones at
540-338-5600 or Darren@hslda.org.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!


Sincerely yours,

Darren A. Jones
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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