SAN-FRANCISCO-BAY-party-bus.gifA community meeting is being held in San Francisco this afternoon to address the issue of “party buses” that offer alcohol and rides to nightclubs around the city.

The meeting is organized by the Community Leadership Alliance, and representatives from the Police Department, the Entertainment Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission and Mothers Against Drunk Driving are scheduled to attend.

The group also invited Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, but Hill is unable to attend because of commitments in Sacramento, according to his office.

Hill has authored legislation addressing the charter buses, some of which transport people to nightclubs in the San Francisco’s North Beach, Polk Street and South of Market neighborhoods and allow alcohol to be consumed onboard.

The legislation would close a loophole in current state law that exempts bus drivers from rules that apply to limousine drivers, who have to verify that all people on board are at least 21 years old.

Hill’s legislation is named after Brett Studebaker, a 19-year-old who was killed when he crashed his car on U.S. Highway 101 near San Mateo after his friend’s 21st birthday celebration aboard a “party bus.”

Today’s meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. in the Stong Conference Room at the San Francisco Main Library, located at 100 Larkin St.

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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