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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1998
I am a sophomore at Adolf Camarillo High School. I have many concerns about Longs Drugs' plan to build a store that would sell liquor across the street from our school, which the Camarillo City Council has approved. If the City Council does not think kids will find a way to get alcohol they are wrong. I have seen how sneaky kids can be, and there are many ways to get alcohol purchased for them. I am proud to go to a school that promotes a Safe and Sober After-Prom Party. When City Council members vote again on approval of a liquor license at this location, I sincerely hope they will reconsider their decision--for all the children of Camarillo.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 17, 2013 | By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles is at a disadvantage competing with Las Vegas, New York and Miami for tourists who want a lively nightclub scene because of a California law that cuts off alcohol sales at 2 a.m., a state lawmaker contends. State Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) has introduced legislation that could extend the last call for alcohol in some California cities until 4 a.m. "This legislation would allow destination cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego to start local conversations about the possibility of expanding night life and the benefits it could provide the community by boosting jobs, tourism and local tax revenue," Leno said.
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BUSINESS
July 8, 2009 | Jerry Hirsch
Self-checkout lanes are a convenient way to purchase groceries -- and an easy way for minors to buy booze. Anti-alcohol groups want to put a stop to that, setting off a skirmish between the supermarket industry and community groups over how alcohol can be sold at the grocery store. The California Senate is set to begin debating a bill today that would force supermarkets to route all alcohol sales through live cashiers, who could ensure that buyers are sober and of legal drinking age.
NATIONAL
February 2, 2013 | By Paloma Esquivel
On a narrow road two miles from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, State Line Liquor beckons. Inside, "Native Pride" caps line a wall and sodas fill a cooler. But more often than not, people come for Budweiser and malt liquors with names like Tilt Watermelon and Hurricane. Alcohol has been banned on the South Dakota reservation for generations, so people come to State Line or three other beer and wine stores in Whiteclay for a case, a can or whatever a handful of change will buy. Alcohol sales near dry reservations have long been a problem, but in Whiteclay the tension between dry and wet, between Indian and non-Indian, stands out in sharp relief.
NATIONAL
February 23, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Among the outposts of East Texas, where the battle over drink still rages, Ray and Jean Smith are fighting for tiny Murchison to go "wet. " Owners of the general store, the Smiths have yet to sell a drop of liquor in this farm town named after a Confederate army recruiter. But they say business could use a lift and Murchison, population 600, could use the steady revenue stream. Theirs is a town without a police force or property taxes to pay for one. The days of the cotton gin are long gone.
BUSINESS
September 5, 2011 | By Marc Lifsher and Andrew Khouri, Los Angeles Times
Rob Gokee and Allison Vanore know that buying wine at their neighborhood Fresh & Easy near the USC campus can be something of a production. After scanning two bottles at one of the store's self-checkout stands, all heck broke loose. An alarm sounded. A red light flashed. And the checkout computer froze until a clerk came by to confirm the buyer was at least 21 years old. California politicians, egged on by the grocery clerks union, want to put an end to such four-alarm checkouts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1996
Eleven convenience store and gas station market workers throughout the San Fernando Valley were charged Thursday with selling alcohol to an 18-year-old LAPD decoy. The employees face up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for selling liquor to a minor, according to the Los Angeles city attorney's office.
SPORTS
September 14, 2005 | Gary Klein, Times Staff Writer
An agreement not to sell alcoholic beverages inside the Coliseum during USC home games has been finalized, the general manager of the stadium said Tuesday. The top-ranked Trojans play their home opener Saturday against Arkansas. "We're all set," Pat Lynch said. "We will not be serving."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1996 | LEE ROMNEY
Police conducted a sting operation this week to catch stores in Brea and neighboring cities selling alcohol to minors, police said. Eight stores were cited during the decoy sting Wednesday, which targeted 51 stores in Brea, La Habra, Placentia and Yorba Linda, police said. Brea police worked with officers from La Habra and Placentia to target the stores, because Brea youths detained by police have said they often leave the city in search of clerks who do not know them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 27, 1993 | CARLOS V. LOZANO
The Thousand Oaks Planning Commission Monday night unanimously recommended that the city tighten restrictions on nightclubs by forbidding them to sell alcohol when minors are allowed into the club. The City Council is scheduled to take final action on revising the city's ordinance governing nightclubs at the council's Aug. 3 meeting. The proposed revisions were prompted by police and complaints from neighbors of the Red Onion.
OPINION
December 29, 2012
Re “AAA wants tougher rule for first-time drunk drivers ,” Dec. 26 Requiring ignition interlocks, which prevent a vehicle from starting unless the driver is sober, in the cars of convicted drunk drivers would make all of us safer. As the author of California's pilot program requiring the installation of ignition interlocks in the cars of first-time and repeat offenders, I applaud the effort of the National Transportation Safety Board and Automobile Club to extend this requirement to every state.
NEWS
April 27, 2012 | By Robert Greene
An amateur videographer testing his new camera recorded the beating of Rodney King by police officers in the early morning hours of March 3, 1991. The tape was still being played and replayed on the evening news two weeks later when grocer Soon Ja Du shot 15-year-old Latasha Harlins after an argument over a bottle of orange juice at Empire Market, also known as Empire Liquor, on Figueroa at 91st Street. The store security video depicting the shooting also got considerable airplay.
BUSINESS
March 2, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
DineEquity Inc., the Glendale-based owner of the Applebee's and IHOP restaurant chains, had a strong fourth quarter after suffering a severe slump a year earlier. Several factors helped the recovery, including the company's increase in franchising, warmer weather that drew out more diners and remodeling efforts that have freshened up hundreds of Applebee's locations. Profit for the quarter that ended Dec. 31 jumped to $27.3 million, or $1.51 cents a share, compared with a loss of $58.1 million, or $3.33 cents a share, from the fourth quarter of 2010.
NATIONAL
February 23, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Among the outposts of East Texas, where the battle over drink still rages, Ray and Jean Smith are fighting for tiny Murchison to go "wet. " Owners of the general store, the Smiths have yet to sell a drop of liquor in this farm town named after a Confederate army recruiter. But they say business could use a lift and Murchison, population 600, could use the steady revenue stream. Theirs is a town without a police force or property taxes to pay for one. The days of the cotton gin are long gone.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2012 | By Matt Stevens
Despite a lagging economy and a debt crisis in Europe, global sales of cognac hit record highs in 2011, industry body Bureau National Interprofessional du Cognac (BNIC) announced Saturday. The brandy sold at a rate of more than five bottles per second last year, sparking the 6.4% surge attributed mainly to soaring demand for the product in China. Exports to that country rose 20%, according to the BNIC. Overall, consumers purchased 162.9 million bottles of cognac in 2011. The Far East remained one of the biggest regional markets for cognac, accounting for more than one-third of total demand.
BUSINESS
January 1, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Ringing in the New Year is hardly about the resolutions -- clearly, booze is the star. And 2012 might be alcohol's best year in a while. Take Champagne sales. Worldwide, shipments of the bubbly were up 5.2% during the first half of 2011, according to the trade group Comite Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne, with 335 million bottles expected to traverse the world by the end of the year. And that's after a harsh winter and funky spring and summer seasons led to the second-earliest harvest in the Champagne growing region since 1822, according to the Champagne group.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 12, 1992 | AMY PYLE
Los Angeles County supervisors tentatively approved a tougher alcohol sales ordinance Tuesday, a decade after it was first proposed by an Antelope Valley resident. The ordinance revisions must return to the board for a second vote, which planning officials said probably would not occur for a month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2001 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A clerk and the owner of a Van Nuys liquor store were sentenced Friday to 300 hours each of community service and fines totaling $13,500 for selling alcohol to minors, the city attorney's office said. Ghassan Sayej, 33, owner of At Express Liquor in the 5600 block of Sepulveda Boulevard, and clerk Katarzyna Oszszyk, 36, pleaded no contest to the charges.
BUSINESS
October 11, 2011 | By Marc Lifsher, Los Angeles Times
The Fresh & Easy grocery chain has to fix what it calls a nonexistent problem, now that Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill banning the sale of alcoholic beverages at self-service checkout stands. Brown, just before midnight Sunday, approved a proposal that forces the British-owned chain, with more than 125 stores in California, to shift from an all-automated format to one that has at least one clerk on hand to check a purchaser's age before ringing up sales of beer and wine. The bill was one of 466 signed by the governor since the Legislature recessed for the year Sept.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 10, 2011 | Patrick McGreevy and Anthony York, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
Gov. Jerry Brown announced early Monday that he had outlawed the open carrying of handguns in public in California, a controversial practice that top law enforcement officials had denounced as dangerous. Clearing his desk of final bills sent to him by the Legislature, Brown signed the ban into law after it was backed by Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and other law enforcement officials throughout the state. "I listened to the California police chiefs," Brown said in a statement.
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