CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1991 |
Assemblyman Richard Katz (D-Sylmar) on Wednesday urged community activists to protest vigorously against state budget cuts blamed for the impending layoff of 75% of the investigators who monitor sales of alcoholic beverages. "We have to make a lot more noise or the governor's not going to get a message," said Katz, who with another legislator held a hearing near Skid Row in downtown Los Angeles to consider the impact of the cuts, which are set to go into effect Friday.
January 1, 1988 |
Only two weeks after the scuttling of one liquor tax initiative, New Year's Eve saw the launching of a new, similar campaign intended to both bolster law enforcement and revive California's ailing trauma care system.
August 29, 1987 |
A scientific advisory panel created to help implement Proposition 65 voted Friday to place alcohol on the state's list of chemicals known to cause birth defects--a decision likely to lead to alcoholic beverage warnings for consumers. Despite strong opposition from the beer, wine and liquor industries, the scientific panel appointed by Gov. George Deukmejian decided unanimously to include ethyl alcohol on the list of chemicals covered by the anti-toxics initiative.
May 7, 1987 |
Beer wholesalers seeking passage of legislation that would give them monopoly control of beer distribution gave $77,000 in campaign contributions to legislators between January and March, California Common Cause reported Wednesday. This sum is on top of the $355,000 given to legislators during the 1985-86 session by the beer wholesaling industry.
June 29, 1990 |
Succumbing to intense lobbying from the liquor industry and leaders of both political parties, the Assembly reluctantly gave final legislative approval Thursday to placing a liquor tax increase before voters on the November ballot where it will compete with a more severe tax measure.
August 30, 1990 |
In the latest maneuver in a struggle over the airwaves, alcoholic beverage interests have accused the promoters of a beer, wine and liquor tax increase proposal Wednesday of airing commercials that fail to disclose their major financial backers as required by law.
August 28, 1987 |
A heavily lobbied measure to establish monopoly territories for beer distributors won easy passage in the Assembly on Thursday and was sent to Gov. George Deukmejian. The bill, which has become a centerpiece in the call for campaign finance reform because beer distributors are some of the state's biggest sources of political contributions, was approved on a 51-22 vote with no debate.
June 8, 1990 |
The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly approved legislation sponsored by the liquor lobby to increase taxes on alcoholic beverages--but at drastically lower levels than those proposed by a November ballot initiative. Opponents of the legislation denounced it as an "arrogant" power play by wine, beer and hard liquor interests to undercut the so-called "nickel-a-drink" initiative and shield the industry from a heavier tax hit.
June 10, 1990 |
The alcoholic beverage industry is using shrewd political maneuvers and a growing campaign kitty to fight a proposed ballot measure that would raise the tax on wine, beer and liquor. Up against a carefully plotted campaign, the liquor lobby is priming all its guns to scuttle the Alcohol Tax Act of 1990, which is likely to be on the November ballot.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 28, 1991 |
A growing legion of neighborhood activists and local politicians, fed up with the level of alcohol sales, is on the march, putting retailers on the defensive. In response to claims of a link between concentrations of alcohol sellers and crime and blight, local governments throughout the Southland are trying to make it difficult or impossible for new stores in certain areas to get permits to sell alcoholic beverages.