The state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has awarded a $57,464 grant to the Pasadena Police Department that will be used to support the costs of alcohol-related operations, including inspections and undercover operations to ensure restaurants and liquor stores are in compliance with state and local laws.
Currently, there are 455 ABC licensees within the city, consisting of 369 on-sale sites that include restaurants and 86 off-sale locations. “The adverse effects of having on- and off-sale liquor establishments often result in a high volume of patrol calls for crimes involving public intoxication, disorderly conduct, trespassing, and assaults,” the report said.
The city has numerous known areas where alcohol-related issues are reoccurring and are lowering the quality of life for residents, business owners and visitors.
Earlier this year, the city’s hearing officer denied a conditional use permit (CUP) to a market on Villa Street that wanted to sell a full line of alcoholic products in an area that has generated dozens of calls to police.
In 2019, the Pasadena Police Department made a total of 730 alcohol-related contacts near Linda Rosa Market.
Of those incidents, 587 were for people who were drunk in public and 143 were for driving under the influence.
The object of the ABC program is to reduce the amount of alcohol-related incidents in the city through a three-step approach of education, enforcement, and management. The goals of this program are to:
- Reduce alcohol-related calls for service;
- Reduce calls for service in problem locations operated by ABC licensees;
- Educate ABC licensees by hosting Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs (LEAD) courses;
- Provide training for Pasadena Police Department patrol and detective sections.
The grant period runs from July 1 through June 30, 2022. No matching funds are required.