Photos from our ARUS townhall where residents signed petitions urging their City Council members to address alcohol density issues.

High densities of alcohol retailers negatively impact community health and safety. According to a Los Angeles County study of alcohol outlet density in 2013, the city of Los Angeles ranked “high” for alcohol retailers that sell alcohol for on-site consumption (e.g. Bars, pubs, restaurants) and ranked “medium” for number of off-sale alcohol retailers (e.g. liquor stores, grocery stores). Angelenos who live in neighborhoods with high alcohol densities know too well the problems these alcohol clusters bring along. Fom Boyle Heights to South LA to Koreatown, residents where alcohol retailers swell endure constant threats to their and their families’ wellness.

Residents do not have an accessible tool to address alcohol density in their neighborhoods. This is why we are working in collaboration with Alcohol Justice and the Los Angeles Drug & Alcohol Policy Alliance to pass the Alcohol Restricted Use Subdistrict (ARUS) ordinance. The ARUS ordinance is a land-use tool that gives residents and neighborhood councils the option to create zones in their jurisdiction where no new alcohol licenses can be issued. These zones are designed to address areas in Los Angeles where alcohol density is contributing to nuisance activity and the deterioration of quality of life. By restricting the establishment of new alcohol licenses within these zones and with time and equitable development, the area can become the safe and vibrant community that all residents deserve.

The ARUS ordinance promotes proactive collaboration between residents, neighborhood councils, law enforcement, and elected officials to address alcohol density and the problems it brings along. With this tool, residents can exercise their right to make their neighborhoods a great place to live. By creating direct throughways in which residents can influence how land is used in their neighborhoods, we can make Los Angeles a more vibrant city for all.

Limiting Alcohol Density:

The Alcohol Restricted Use Subdistrict (ARUS) Ordinance

If you support the ordinance, please submit a letter to City Council. Click here to see create your letter.

Help us pass the ordinance!