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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 29, 1994 | BERT ELJERA
Local business owners wanting to sell alcohol soon may find it harder to get a license. City officials last week asked the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to enforce tighter controls on liquor licenses in an effort to reduce crime. Officials said studies have shown that more crimes are committed in areas where alcohol is sold extensively, and have asked ABC to limit or deny new liquor permits in high-crime neighborhoods or places where alcohol-related businesses are concentrated.
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NEWS
July 15, 1994 | MARC LACEY and DENISE HAMILTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Forget the Rose Bowl--the real drama during the World Cup is in the bars. Take Pasadena's Old Town Pub, mere blocks from the soccer venue, where a scene unfolded late one night right out of an episode of "Cops." A pitcher of beer changed hands at the bar and out of nowhere undercover agents with the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control swooped in--handcuffing the man who ordered the beer, citing the bartender and leaving the bar full of confused soccer fans.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 15, 1993
A former investigator for the state Alcoholic Beverage Control agency's Inglewood office has been sentenced to three years' probation and 200 hours of community service after pleading no contest to bribery charges. Debra L. Bender, 30, also must pay a $300 fine stemming from allegations that she solicited $2,000 from a Hawthorne liquor store manager while she was an agent in exchange for assuring that his liquor license transfer "would have no problems," prosecutors said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 1, 1993 | RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An investigator for the state Alcoholic Beverage Control agency faces arraignment next week on charges that she solicited $2,000 in bribes from a Hawthorne liquor store manager. Debra L. Bender, 30, a seven-year veteran of the agency who worked out of its Inglewood office, was arrested last month after ABC agents and district attorney's investigators observed her accepting the payments from the manager of S & D Liquor.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 14, 1993 | ERIC YOUNG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Investigators who enforce state liquor laws are preparing to resume regular patrols through the thousands of bars and stores in Orange County after being hobbled by state budget cuts in 1991, officials said recently. Alcoholic Beverage Control investigators in Orange County and elsewhere in the state were shifted from nearly all policing activities to licensing last March to handle an increasing backlog of applications for liquor licenses. But a state law that went into effect Jan.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 1993 | Dana Parsons
Santa Ana restaurant owner John Kam Yee hears the governor and President talking about small businessmen revitalizing the economy, and he can only chuckle. Chuckle, that is, in the way that a wolf chuckles when caught in a steel trap. Yee is caught in a trap himself--a business trap--and not one of his own making. He thinks his predator is the bureaucracy, but the foe may be more insidious than that.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 1993 | SAM ENRIQUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
State alcohol agents will once again be working undercover to enforce liquor laws at stores and bars throughout the San Fernando, Santa Clarita and Antelope valleys because of a law effective Jan. 1 that restores funding for the work. "We're finally able to get back into the business we're supposed to be in," said Jim Smith, district administrator for the state Alcohol Beverage Control Department in the Van Nuys office.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 1993 | MARC LACEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, which has been hobbled by budget cuts to the point of inaction, announced Thursday that investigators will return to the streets this month to crack down on liquor law violations. For nearly a year, ABC investigators across California have been processing a massive backlog in liquor license applications. But because of staffing shortages, they have not been conducting investigations of the state's 73,000 alcohol establishments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 22, 1992 | JACK CHEEVERS
Gov. Pete Wilson has appointed former state Sen. Ed Davis (R-Santa Clarita) to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Appeals Board. Davis, 76, retired from the Senate earlier this month after 12 years and now lives in Morro Bay. He was chief of the Los Angeles Police Department from 1969 to 1978. The board hears appeals by holders of liquor licenses who have been disciplined by the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. It also hears appeals from those who have been denied licenses.
NEWS
April 30, 1992 | VIRGINIA ELLIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Faced with complaints from liquor retailers, the Wilson Administration has assigned Department of Motor Vehicles employees to help process alcoholic beverage licenses and reduce a staggering backlog produced by funding shortages.
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