Orange County Supervisor Harriett M. Wieder and Santa Ana Police Chief Paul M. Walters are scheduled to testify Tuesday before a state Assembly committee that is considering ways to strengthen curfew laws and make parents more responsible for their children's activities.
The Public Safety Committee is considering a bill sponsored by Assemblyman Tom Umberg (D-Garden Grove) that for the first time would place a "financial burden" on parents whose children are caught violating curfew.
Umberg's bill would allow cities and counties to charge parents $50 each time a law enforcement officer takes home a curfew violator.
"It will encourage parents to take a stronger hand with juveniles who are current or potential gang members," said Wieder, who is supporting the bill. "It's an additional tool in the battle against street gangs."