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Youth charter

High school student John Du earned a place in Los Angeles history last week, and he didn't do it by getting his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame or leaving an impression of his hands in cement. He used words.

The senior from Belmont Senior High School wrote the winning entry for the Youth Preamble Competition sponsored by the Elected Los Angeles Charter Reform Commission, which is rewriting the city's 75-year-old charter.

Though the 17-year-old was awarded a $1,000 U.S. Savings Bond along with a certificate of congratulations, his real reward will be to have his preamble--with some minor editing--incorporated into the city's unified charter, which was created by both the elected and appointed charter reform commission.

"Hopefully, his words will be a part of the charter for another 75 years," said Janice K. Hahn, the elected commissioner who came up with the contest idea.

The contest attracted more than 200 submissions from high school students across the city. Ms. Hahn said that the winning preamble was "simple and incorporated the ideas that the commission had been striving to achieve."

Drug policy

Lake Worth, Fla., school officials weren't laughing when a low-budget-film crew shooting a comedy staged a drug deal in a local high school's restroom.

The district has a strict policy that prohibits the filming on school property of any movie that depicts violence, nudity, or drug use. But Victoria Productions, a one-woman company, had a permit from the Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission to use the school for "Dave's Day Out," a live-action version of the off-color animated television program "Beavis and Butthead." The crew of about a dozen people filmed at the 2,800-student Lake Worth High School on a Saturday last month.

Chuck Elderd, the county film commissioner whose agency granted the permit, said he never received a copy of the script to review. "I have done this for 10 years, and I have never had anything like this happen before," he said. Mr. Elderd has since taken action to make sure such a situation won't happen again.

Now, permit applications clearly state the district's policy. And he suggest s that all state and local film commissions do the same.

Although the drugs were fake and the name of the school was not identified in the movie, the company has agreed to reshoot the scene elsewhere.

--Adrienne D. Coles & Michelle Galley

Vol. 18, Issue 22, Page 3

Published in Print: February 10, 1999, as Take Note

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