In response to a curfew roundup that sparked a public outcry, Chandler’s all-teen Mayor’s Youth Commission plans to advise city leaders Monday to be more proactive when it comes to handling youth-related issues.
The Chandler City Council asked the youth panel in September to come up with recommendations after a police crackdown at the Chandler Fashion Center led to nearly 130 arrests of teen-curfew violators, followed by parent complaints at council meetings.
It was the first time the commission, designed to teach teens about government and civic issues, had been asked to participate in such a way.
And if the teens have their way, it won’t be the last. Among their recommendations to the council, they plan to suggest coming to the Youth Commission before taking actions like the curfew crackdown instead of afterward, said Sara C de Baca, a recreation coordinator who oversees the city’s teen programs.
The commission also plans to recommend using public information cam
paigns to let teens and parents know of issues, such as ongoing problems reported at the mall that led to the crackdown.
Commissioners will also point to the city’s lack of venues and activities geared toward those under 18. They suggest city economic development staff look for ways to boost the teen-oriented businesses in the city to offer places other than malls to hang out, C de Baca said.
When: 7 p.m. Monday
Where: City Council chambers, second floor, Chandler Public Library, 22 S. Delaware St.