SUPERVISOR MAXWELL TOUTS LOCAL LIQUOR PROPOSAL
Supervisor Sophie Maxwell. File photo.
By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
February 3, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO(BCN) - San Francisco Supervisor Sophie Maxwell
congratulated members of the Youth Leadership Institute yesterday
outside a Tenderloin liquor store for their part in supporting
a proposed city ordinance regulating liquor stores.
"We're trying to educate all of the ... liquor store owners
on how to be good neighbors," Maxwell said in front of Empire
Market at Eddy and Leavenworth streets. "If they are not
successful in that, then we a have a little stick, and that stick
is more local control."
The Deemed Approved Ordinance was approved by the Budget and
Finance Committee on Wednesday and will go before the full Board
of Supervisors on Feb. 14, according to the YLI.
The institute researched the impact of alcohol on San Francisco
neighborhoods and found that many shopkeepers keep unsafe conditions
in neighborhoods like the Tenderloin, Mission, Bayview and South
Together with Maxwell, the young members of the organization
have helped bring the new legislation before the Board of Supervisors.
The law would punish liquor store owners on a local level if
they fail to keep people from loitering on their doorsteps. Liquor
licenses would be regulated not only on the state level, but also
on the local level with the city attorney's office.
"I think it's a good idea that we have a state law and a
local ordinance," said Eric Hirata, district administrator
for the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. "It will
clean up the communities and provide safer communities."
Businesses that can't clean up their act could face a variety
of punishments, from heavy fines to a ban on sales of single cans
of beer or small flasks of liquor.
Outside many Tenderloin liquor stores, people lean against doorways
with cans of beer in their hands while others lurk on street corners.
Muhammad Alhaj, the owner of Empire Market, said his neighbors
could do more to clean the streets of drug dealers and dangerous
But in other liquor stores around the neighborhood, shopkeepers
wondered what they could do to keep those people from loitering
outside their businesses.
"It's simple," Alhaj said. "When you see the same
guys out front all the time, don't sell to them."
Maxwell said there were other ways to avoid breaking the ordinance.
Keeping the windows free of advertisements, keeping the businesses
clean and brightly lit, and even playing unusual music.
"We're looking for the effort," Maxwell said. "If
we don't have records that they're calling the police, then we're
going to deal with them."
Similar ordinances are in effect in Vallejo, Oakland and Contra
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