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Bill would crack down on Hollywood gate-crashers

A proposed law set to go before California's Legislature this month would make one of Hollywood's cherished utterances -- "You're not on the list" -- carry severe new consequences.

It's a measure aimed at making the act of party-crashing a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail, a $1,000 fine or both.

The author of the legislation, Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Canada Flintridge), said crashers at high-profile events such as the Academy Awards and other awards shows pose a threat to public safety that warrants a law in addition to the 25 sections of trespassing code already on California's books.

Portantino acted at the request of the Screen Actors Guild after some crashers breached security at the SAG Awards in January but were released because of legal loopholes.

Read the full story here.

-- Chris Lee

Photo credit: Los Angeles Times

 
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Really? This is the kind of BS our elected officials are wasting time with? Catering to a very limited number of constituents while paying very little attention to the needs of everyone else. What percentage of Assemblyman Portantino constituency are actually members of SAG?

Were I a resident of La Canada-Flintridge, I'd ask for an immediate recall of this astonishing waste of a good legislative seat.

This is a complete non-story. What a ridiculous waste of time & resources. Just another useless, money-sponging law that a corrupt politician is trying to get passed. Hey Portantino, why don't you actually do something useful such as addressing homelessness or crime instead of this lame vanity-project?

Well, if they want a law to keep gate crashers from entering private functions and fine them and put them in jail why not have the same rules apply to people who "gate crash" our national borders? What is the difference? Please explain . Gate crashing is gate crashing and if you are going to punish
citizens why not do the same for people who are not legally in our country? Our legislature is corrupt!!! Special interests "yes", California citizens "no"..what a way to govern!!!

Unemployment is over 12% and this is what our legislators are wasting time on? Ridiculous!

Please tell me that Assemblyman Anthony Portantino and other nitwits like him have more significant issues on their respective plates than this! Do we really need a new, specialized government response to a some knothead that hurdled the velvet rope at the MTV Awards. It already exists....trespassing! I sleep fine at night knowing that the same laws that protect me from imminent attack at a Dodger game also protect Tom Cruise, Paris Hilton and Lady Gaga. I am an independent voter with little time for the political parties but this is an example of why Feinstein is considered a serious senator and Boxer a clown. When you cannot advocate or create serious legislation you sponsor irrelevant, time and money wasting legislative fodder.


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