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Liquor Laws to Stay the Same in Old Town

Laws on the sale of alcohol in Old Town Temecula will remain unchanged based on a recommendation by a committee tasked to review whether there was a drinking problem.

Officials declined to change rules on drinking in Old Town despite complaints from local business owenrs.

A committee tasked to review the effects of alcohol sales in Old Town gave their report during a City Council meeting Tuesday at the .

The report based on data backed by the Police Department showed no increase in alcohol-related calls for police service in the historic district, according to The Californian.

Several business owners of local restaurants and service
staff whose income derives from the sale of alcohol said they were pleased with the committee’s results.

The meeting aimed to addressdrinking in Old Town by another business owner who complained to the City Council.

According to The Californian, Mayor Mike Naggar said the success
of Old Town’s nightlife in recent years for locals and tourists has been part
of the city’s dream realized.

TVOR June 30, 2012 at 04:20 PM
I didn't say it is right or wrong, just that it is. Many people have sued the owners of bars when they were served too much alcohol and then came to some harm due to being drunk. The courts have decided the bar owners have a responsibility to recognize when a person has had too much to drink. There is very good training available on recognizing the signs that a person has had too much. This training is available locally for a reasonable charge. It is very much in the best interest of bar owners to get this training for their employees to cover their arse.
Temecula Bob July 05, 2012 at 07:03 AM
A good bartender knows when a person has had too much. Problem is, money talks, and if you're lucky, the person that was over-served won't kill a family on the way home. I agree, people at bars aren't children, but the more alcohol they suck down, the less likely they are to use good judgment to stop drinking or call a cab. Some are just too careless to worry. I've seen bartenders continue to serve intoxicated guys that are feeding drinks to their passed-out girlfriends or women they just met. The bartenders look the other way if tips are good. Is it their fault? Not really, but they share some responsibility. TVOR is completely correct- training is the answer, and these places need to let their staff know that they'll be walking if they over-serve. We don't need laws to tell us this; it's just common sense. If a guy is drunk, or he's pouring the drinks down his passed-out girlfriends throat, it's time to stop serving.
CSP July 09, 2012 at 07:23 PM
As the Owner of The Bank - Mexican Restaurant & Bar, I will tell you that I personnally took the Alcohol awareness and training course known as TiPS. You can learn more about it at www.gettips.com. I enrolled and received certification as a trainer in the program. I have conducted training for all my employees plus 6 employees of another restaurant. Please don't judge Old Town restaurant and bar owners too quickly. We communicate with each other regurlarly. If you are a problem drinker in one establishment, chances are your going to be turned away at another due to our self-emplemented calling of each other to warn of potential issues. We have the names and numbers of all restaurants and bar managers and use them regularly. We meet with police about once a quarter to discuss any issues we are having that we beleive they can help. We promote responsible drinking. So what it comes down to is this. The visitor traffic has grown in Old Town from about 4,000-10,000 people a month to over 50,000. This town is booming. We have created a true entertainment district where both locals and visitors can enjoy a tremendous nightlife. It is a lot of fun and people love being here. Along with that you have your "Idiot factor". More people equals a ratio of idiot behavior. Rest assured, as business owners we are doing everything possible to quell the bad behavior. Thaks for visiting Old Town. we have something for everyone, but not everything is for everyone! Cheers.
CSP July 09, 2012 at 07:28 PM
Your are both correct. It is up to business owners holding liquor licenses to be aware of laws and friendly customer service techniques to keep people safe. It is up to patrons to drink responsibly.
CSP July 09, 2012 at 07:31 PM
LOL! I'd rather deal with a child then a few of the drinkers I see here. Children will rarely carve their names on my bathroom mirror, steal signs and punch holes in walls. Some people shouldn't drink at all. Unfortunately, they haven't figured that out yet.

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