EGP News: Hundreds of Boyle Heights Liquor Stores Get Visit From the ABC

EGP News: Hundreds of Boyle Heights Liquor Stores Get Visit From the ABC

Hundreds of Boyle Heights Liquor Stores Get Visit From the ABC

No citations issued during last week’s alcohol license operation.

By EGP News Report

Responding to public outcry about public safety and quality of life issues related to alcohol sales, 40 alcoholic beverage control and Los Angeles police officers conducted inspections at nearly 200 alcohol beverage selling outlets in Boyle Heights and surrounding communities last week.

A part of the special operation, businesses licensed to sell alcohol — restaurants, bars, liquor and convenience stores —underwent a close-up inspection to determine if they were complying with the conditions and regulation set when their alcohol sales license was issued. The operation was aimed at making sure that area establishments are responsible and accountable for the alcoholic beverages they sell.

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More educational than punitive, the Informed Merchants Preventing Alcohol-Related Crime Tendencies (IMPACT) program inspections were a cooperative effort between the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC), Los Angeles Police Department, and licensees, according to a California Dept. of Alcoholic Beverage Control press release.

“The purpose of the IMPACT program is to educate our licensees. Violations were observed. Our officers pointed them out and advised the employees/licensees on how to correct them. No citations were issued,” ABC Los Angeles District Administrator Will Salao told EGP in an email.

The program helps merchants identify their weaknesses and correct their deficiencies without penalties, according to a departmet press release.

Representatives from the Boyle Heights Coalition for a Safe and Drug-Free Community, which participated in a town hall meeting on the affects of alcohol on Boyle Heights in March, and representatives from Los Angeles Councilman Jose Huizar’s office observed the IMPACT inspections on May 2, according to the press release.

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