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5/4/2012 2:25:03 PM
Darren Jones--HSLDA
California: Take Action against Daytime Curfew

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California: Take Action against Daytime Curfew

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The San Ramon City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing to
discuss a proposed daytime curfew and truancy ordinance at its
Tuesday, May 8 meeting at 7:00 p.m.
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=14620 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=14621

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.

HSLDA believes that daytime curfew proposals are unnecessary and
un-American. 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, including homeschooling,
the ordinance would still give city police the power to detain and
question any minor in a public place. City police already have the
necessary authority to deal with crimes, and schools have laws to
address truancy. There is no need for more regulation.

HSLDA encourages all parents, not just homeschoolers, to get involved
with the fight to defeat the proposed curfew. Homeschool children in
other municipalities with daytime curfews have been stopped and
ticketed, even with exemptions in place. A strong opposition at the
public hearings is essential to protect your liberties.

ACTION REQUESTED

1. Please attend the 7:00 p.m., May 8, meeting
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=14620 in the San Ramon Council
Chamber at the 2222 Camino Ramon, San Ramon, CA 94583, 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 Police Chief Scott Holder at 925-973-2700 or
sholder@sanramon.ca.gov to express your opposition. You may also
contact the City Council with written comments before 5:00 p.m. May 8.
Address your comments to the city clerk, City of San Ramon, 2222
Camino Ramon, San Ramon, CA 94583. Your message can be as simple as
"Please vote NO on the proposed daytime curfew ordinance."

There is no doubt that public school truancy is a significant problem.
But public schools usually 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
Staff Attorney

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