COSTA MESA : School Board Seeks 'Drug-Free Zones'

The Newport-Mesa Unified School District board is asking the cities of Costa Mesa and Newport Beach to establish 1,000-foot "drug-free zones" around each public and private school in the area.

By a unanimous vote, the board directed staff members to draft a letter to the two city councils encouraging local ordinances in support of Assembly Bill 2645. The bill, which school Supt. John W. Nicoll said is awaiting Gov. George Deukmejian's signature, would add another year to the prison term of anyone convicted of selling controlled substances in the vicinity of a public or private school.

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