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NEWS IN BRIEF: A summary of developments across Los
Angeles County | Community News File / San Fernando

Attempt at Crackdown on Illegal Liquor Sales Stalled

November 05, 1998

Seeking to more swiftly punish businesses that sell alcohol without a city permit, the San Fernando City Council debated a proposed resolution that would allow city officials to charge business owners with a misdemeanor after the first offense.

Currently, businesses must be cited with three infractions of the city code before a misdemeanor charge can be filed.

Some council members criticized the proposal this week, saying it did not provide code enforcement officers with guidelines to determine when businesses selling alcohol without a permit should be charged with a misdemeanor and when they should be charged with an infraction.

The council postponed action and directed its staff to return with a revised proposal at its Nov. 16 meeting.

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