When businesses with liquor licenses are the source of problems in California neighborhoods, or when businesses sell alcohol to minors, our California Statewide Law Enforcement Association (CSLEA) members who are Alcoholic Beverage Control agents are there to enforce the law.
"ABC laws are in place for the health and safety of all of us," said CSLEA President Alan Barcelona. "If ABC agents feel it necessary to pull a liquor license, they will do it, essentially shutting down some businesses."
ABC agents wasted no time suspending the liquor license at the Paper Moon, a karaoke bar in San Bruno. The Notice of Suspension was posted Friday July 18, 2014 after agents and San Bruno police recognized the bar was draining police resources with too many calls for service at or near that address.
On July 17, 2014, ABC agents worked with Barstow police and San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies on a decoy operation to flush out those business that do not take care in preventing alcohol from being purchased by those under 21 years of age.
The operation involved a decoy under 21 years old attempting to buy alcohol at 16 different businesses. The decoy was able to purchase alcohol at three of the locations. At one of those businesses, an employee was arrested after she allegedly sold alcohol to the decoy and then gave officers a false name to avoid prosecution. That employee has been identified as 44-year-old Ana Gallardo. Gallardo is a convicted felon and was on probation at the time of her arrest.
"There is no question, given the number of establishments that sell alcohol, that California simply does not have enough ABC agents to go around," said Barcelona. "That's why we are please the governor signed a budget that provides $1 million for 10 additional ABC agents. ABC agents work nights, weekends and holidays helping to reduce alcohol-related crimes in our neighborhoods and on our streets and highways."