As it deals with an ongoing staffing crisis, the San Diego Police Department is hoping to curb crime by stopping new bars and other establishments that serve alcohol from opening.
Melissa Ryan, the supervising agent in charge at the San Diego office of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, said she started to notice a change in SDPD’s approach to liquor license applications in early July.
For years, the San Diego Police Department has been protesting new liquor licenses on a conditional basis – meaning it often drops its protest if the business agrees to certain provisions like reduced hours or no live entertainment. Outright protests, where no conditions are considered, were rare.
Ryan said she noticed SDPD had begun outright protesting all new liquor license applications that landed on her desk.
Though the caseload has since become mixed with some conditional protests, it was clear to Ryan that the department was tightening its stance. The Police Department says that’s true.
“The San Diego Police Department is taking a conservative approach to their position with regards to supporting additional alcohol licenses in areas that are already oversaturated, and have significant high crime rates, and calls for police services are already significantly high demand.” said Sgt. Linda Griffin, who works in the department’s vice permits and licensing unit.
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As a former Planning Commissioner, I am surprised to read the quotes in this article. In my experience, SDPD approves any and all licenses even if they are in a high crime area or if they are in an area of saturation. They gave their approval for one while I was on the Commission when there were already three licenses within 300 feet of the proposed one and the crime rate was high. SDPD has set a strong precedent for ignoring the requirements and allowing alcohol licenses anywhere and everywhere.
Any company that doesn't get its alcohol license will sue the city and cite the precedent that has been set in the last few years by SDPD, and I think they will most likely win in court. But I am glad to hear that SDPD has finally come to realize some of the harm their approvals created. There are places where alcohol sales are appropriate and some where they are not. Hopefully that distinction will now be considered by SDPD before they make their approvals.
Stop crime by stopping cars,
If that fails,
Stop crime by stopping bars.
I suppose they came to realize that stopping cars (driven by Blacks and Hispanics) was not doing the trick.
This idea to limit dining establishments with liquor license is illogical and misguided. There are hardly any bars in EAST VILLAGE!
We want more business in East village which will give the city tax money to support our police officers. Why, in a city that collects so much in tourist tax revenue, are we not able to give our police officers a hefty raise? Corner of Broadway and 9th Ave EAST VILLAGE IS AN INSANE AREA WHERE HOMELESS are screaming all night, raping each other, doing drugs, and using the streets and parking lots as Their personal bathroom. This has nothing to do with any liquor license...the real problem is our Police are understaffed because we don't pay them enough to attract new hires! Give our officers a huge raise...NOW! I cannot imagine who thinks that limiting legal business will solve the problems our officers face!?$&&@??? Pay police more and hire more police....Pease!
The good intentions of bureaucrats and politicians helped CA cement its reputation as the worst states to do business. As the Quartyard experience shows, the city extorts fewer concessions from those with political connections. Unfortunately it is almost impossible to calculate the burden city and state bureaucrats impose on the citizens through appeals and foot dragging.
Its not like people are going to decide not to drink because the city delayed a restaurant or bar opening.
"Ironically, one of the team's biggest boosters was former Mayor Bob Filner.
"He opened doors for us," Auchettl said, before resigning in disgrace Aug. 30.