On November 4th, 2013

ABC Agents Revoke Liquor License From Dora’s Place in Sun Valley Illegal drink solicitation scheme

SUN VALLEY - California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) agents pulled the liquor license from Dora's place in Sun Valley following a two year investigation.   Agents posted a Notice of Revocation at the bar on November 1, 2013.  By revoking the liquor license, the owners are no longer allowed to serve alcohol. 

"ABC agents worked with the Los Angeles Police Department and even after they put the bar's owners on notice by filing two accusations for the violations, the illegal activity apparently continued," said Alan Barcelona, president of the California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA).  CSLEA represents ABC agents, as well as nearly 7,000 other state law enforcement, public safety and consumer protection professionals.  "ABC agents work closely with other law enforcement agencies to improve the quality of life for residents by putting a stop to people who break the law and drag down a neighborhood."

The investigation into Dora's Place began in 2010.  Agents and investigators discovered an illegal drink solicitation and commission scheme taking place.  The illegal drink solicitation scheme involved bar servers who placed a surcharge on drinks in exchange for keeping male patrons company.  The servers then earn commission. 

Over the course of the investigation, two accusations were filed against the owners for the violations in an effort to gain compliance with ABC laws and regulations.  While those accusations were under legal appeal, the violations continued.  With a third accusation filed, the Revocation order was issued.

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