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For info on existing CUP's and ABC licenses, scroll down or click:   Premises Documents

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NEW OR CHANGING LICENSES, INTENSIFICATIONS

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Civic Center Rezoning / Upper Pier Avenue.  A hearing for a "General Plan text amendment" to re-zone the civic center and other city-owned properties - for a mysterious project whose existence the City refused to describe or even acknowledge (but which was suspected to include a large parking garage immediately south of City Hall) - was scheduled for the Planning Commission meeting of December 6, 2006.  However, after a citizen complained that the subject properties had not been posted, the hearing was downgraded to an "information item," and the official hearing was continued to the Commission meeting of January 16, 2007.  At that January meeting the matter was continued, due to time constraints, to the meeting of February 20, where it was "received and filed."  That action gave City staff the go-ahead to finish drafting the amendment, so we can expect it to come back to the City Council as a public hearing item some time in the near future.  For more information read the Beach Reporter article of December 14, which began:  "Officially speaking, there's nothing in the works...."

On January 18, 2006 the Hermosa Beach Public Works Commission voted 4 - 1 (Winnek dissenting) to approve a 6-month test (by painted striping) of reducing the traffic lanes on upper Pier to just one in each direction.     It took until December 20 for the street to be re-painted back to the old four-lane configuration.  Then in January 2007 the Upper Pier Avenue Committee began to meet.  See additional info.

Sharkeez (52 Pier Avenue) burned down in May 2006 and in early 2007 applied to rebuild and add a second story.  At their meeting of March 13 the Council adopted an ordinance (Bobko dissenting) relaxing the Zoning Code to permit Sharkeez and other Plaza business to satisfy second-story parking requirements using only "in-lieu" parking spaces.  That action became the subject of a referendum petition which forced the suspension of the ordinance.  [At their July 24 meeting the Council voted to put the question (of whether that ordinance could go into effect) on the November 6 ballot, but at their August 14 meeting the Council reversed that  decision, and officially rescinded the ordinance.  For more information, see the website vivahermosa.com. ]

Dano's  (1320 Hermosa Avenue) went out of business in 2003 and after a two-year-long remodeling, re-opened as The Shore.  The new tenants re-opened under the old (Dano's) CUP and ABC permits, but later requested a CUP modification to add 180 sq. feet of space - by expanding the mezzanine.  The hearing was postponed three times at the request of the applicant, eventually was scheduled to be on May 15, 2007 - at which time the applicant withdrew the request.

Club 705/Saffire's (705 Pier Avenue) Conditional Use Permit ("CUP") was scheduled for review or revocation at the December 6, 2006 Planning Commission meeting, but the hearing was continued to January 16, 2007.  At that January meeting the Commission cut Club 705's hours to midnight.  At that same meeting, the Commission performed the annual CUP review for all downtown restaurants, but did not choose to schedule a review/revocation hearing for any of them, despite the fact that many had higher counts of police calls than did Club 705.  To see the tallys of police calls, read the staff reports, at http://www.hermosabch.org/departments/building/agenmin/pc20070116/7.pdf and http://www.hermosabch.org/departments/building/agenmin/pc20070116/11.pdf

Club 705/Saffire appealed the Commission's cut of the hours, and at their meeting of May 8 the Council voted 3 - 2  (noes:  Tucker and Keegan) to return the hours to 2 a.m. seven days a week.

Stillwater Contemporary American Bistro (in the Pavilion building,1601 PCH).  In April 2006 Stillwater applied  for a CUP for  liquor and 2 a.m. hours.  The proposed restaurant will be large by Hermosa standards -  8000 sq. feet.  At the hearing before the Planning Commission on August 15, 2006 the staff report recommended 12 midnight hours, approximately 18 neighbors spoke against the license, and the staff recommendation was approved 4 - 0, Commissioner Hoffman absent.  On September 12, Councilmembers Tucker and Edgerton voted to appeal the Planning Commission's decision to the city council.  That appeal hearing was begun on October 10, then was continued to Tuesday December 12, 2006, where the project was approved, with 12 midnight hours seven days a week.

Mediterraneo (73 Pier Avenue) replaced Brewski'sIn December 2003 (see History below) they received permission from the City for full liquor and a midnight closing time, but did not apply to the ABC for the actual Type 47 full liquor license until April 24, 2004.  Issuance of the license was protested, but on January 17, 2006 the ABC granted Mediterraneo a license for 2 a.m. hours Thursday thru Saturday (if the hours specified in the City's CUP continue to be shorter, the CUP will "control"), and full liquor.

Mediterraneo's initial application to modify their City-issued CUP (for full liquor and 2 a.m. closing time x 7 days) was heard on October 21, 2003 by the Hermosa Beach Planning Commission.  The project was approved 4 - 1, Comm. Pizer dissenting.  On October 28, Councilmembers Keegan and Reviczky voted to schedule a re-hearing (appeal) before the council. That appeal was heard on December 9 and the council voted 3 - 1, Councilmember Edgerton dissenting and Councilmember Tucker standing down, to limit the hours to midnight. 

In Summer 2005 Mediterraneo once again applied to the City for 2 a.m. hours.  At the September 20 Planning Commission meeting, their request was denied, 3 - 2, with Commissioners Kersenboom and Perrotti voting for the later hours.  Mediterraneo then appealed to the city council.  After a number of postponements (requested by the applicant), the appeal was heard on September 26, 2006, and the Council upheld the Planning Commission's denial of the request for 2 a.m. hours.

(To see the hours of restaurants in neighboring Manhattan Beach, see "Restaurant Hours in a Nearby Town," below.)

TJ Charlyz (1332 Hermosa Avenue) has been replaced by Blue 32.  The new operators have taken over the old license and have not yet asked for any modification.  Thus there is no opportunity to protest. 

History:  TJCharlyz petitioned the ABC to be allowed to have dancing.  May 20, 2004 was the last day for members of the public to file an objection with the ABC.  The ABC also gave the City Council an opportunity to object, which was the subject of discussion at the council meeting of May 25.  At that meeting the council reviewed a report from Chief Lavin (below) and voted 5 - 0 to object to the dancing.   The Chief's report raised the question:  Why had neither the City nor the ABC previously taken action to stop the violations noted?

May 20, 2004

Honorable Mayor and Members of The Hermosa Beach City Council

Regular meeting of May 25, 2004

RECOMMENDATION TO DENY DANCING
AT TJ CHARLYZ (1332 HERMOSA AVENUE)

 RECOMMENDATION

 Staff recommends that Council:

1. Make a recommendation to the Department of the Alcoholic Beverage Control to reject the application by TJ Charlyz Nightclub and Restaurant to change their existing alcohol license to allow dancing in their establishment.

BACKGROUND

TJ Charlyz Nightclub and Restaurant at 1332 Hermosa Avenue was issued a type 47alcohol license by the ABC in December of 1996. One of the conditions of the license (condition #5) was no dancing allowed on the premises. Recently, officials of the ABC working with members of the Hermosa Beach Police Department observed that TJ Charlyz was allowing dancing in their establishment. The owner, Mr. Steve Dahdah, was advised by the ABC of the violation of this condition. During April of 2004, Mr. Dahdah applied to the ABC to modify his alcohol license to allow dancing in his establishment. The ABC has formally notified the City of this request to change the license and the City has the opportunity to file a written objection to the modification of this license if it so desires. The Police Department objects to the change in Mr. Dahdah’s alcohol license.

ANALYSIS

The Police Department has become very concerned with the operations of the nightclub TJ Charlyz. Long before the police department became aware that TJ Charlyz was prohibited from having dancing, our officers have become very concerned about the rowdy behavior at this business. Officers have encountered a number of confrontational patrons. As a result our police officers have had to deal with a number of situations at this establishment. Recently on March 27, 2004 a large fight broke out at TJ’s and a crowd of about 100 persons were dispersed from the area of the bar. Our officers have found and cited persons under the age of 21 drinking inside of the business. The police department has also received information from neighboring police departments regarding gang members patronizing this nightclub.

The owner has expressed concern to our officers about the difficulty of his business competing with the other popular bars and nightclubs of the downtown area. Our foot patrol officers must make a point to monitor activities inside of this particular nightclub because of the rowdy behavior. This is not the case at other adjacent nightclubs such as the Café’ Boogaloo and Sharks Cove where a more noticeably different and well-behaved clientele patronize these businesses.

The applicant has been aware of the fact that he was not to have dancing since 1996.  However, our officers can attest to the fact that there has been dancing at TJ Charlyz for the past few months. Even after TJ Charlyz was informed of the fact that they could not have dancing, dancing continued. Our officers observed dancing inside TJ’s over the weekend of May 15-16, 2004. This is an example of the applicant’s disregard to the conditions imposed by his alcohol license.

While the Police Department is not opposed to dancing in general, the Police Department is concerned about the daily operation of this particular nightclub considering its past. It is felt that if the applicant is allowed to have dancing in the establishment, the same type of rowdy crowd will continue to show up as patrons. Therefore, the Police Department objects to changing this condition in this alcohol license.

Respectfully submitted,

MICHAEL LAVIN, CHIEF OF POLICE
HERMOSA BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT

Concur:

STEPHEN BURRELL
CITY MANAGER



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UPSET BY CAMPAIGN ADS, COUNCILMEMBER EDGERTON SUES CITIZENS, BUT IT BACKFIRES

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On December 3, 2003, Hermosa Beach City Councilmember Sam Edgerton, the Council's staunchest supporter of downtown liquor licenses, filed a million dollar libel suit against two Hermosa Beach citizens over allegedly false campaign ads they published in the days leading up to the November 2003 Council election.   In the suit Edgerton complained that the citizens' actions had caused him to be "shunned and avoided."  There is a story about the suit in the Easy Reader newspaper of December 18, page 10.   The text of Edgerton's suit is available here:  Verified Complaint

Edgerton was represented by the Hermosa Beach-based law firm, Nash and Edgerton, now Edgerton and Weaver.   On March 5, 2004, just 13 weeks after the Councilmember's initial filing, the court dismissed his suit and ordered Edgerton to pay approximately $43,000.00 to the two citizens he sued.  The dismissal was made under a State law meant to deter suits that are intended to stifle free speech.  Edgerton said* he would appeal the decision.   According to The Daily Breeze newspaper, one of the citizens Edgerton sued commented:  "He just validated my point all along that he's not fit to be an elected official."  (The Edgerton case will probably not be long remembered.  Instead, history will mark March 5, 2004 as the date a New York jury found entrepreneur Martha Stewart guilty on four criminal counts.)   Additional stories can be found in the Easy Reader and Beach Reporter newspapers of March 11.

*On May 25, 2004 Mr. Edgerton announced that he would not be pursuing an appeal after all, and that he had tendered checks totaling approximately $43,000.00 to the citizens he sued.  According to the Easy Reader (June 3), one of those citizens, a former Councilmember, commented:  "Having been a member of the club who lets their crocodile mouth overload their polliwog a$$ for some years myself, it appears now that we may now have a new president."


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ANNUAL DOG AND PONY SHOW - WINTER 2006 - 2007

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During their December 12, 2006 meeting, the council considered the adoption of an ordinance to require businesses and promoters to obtain entertainment permits.  They did not move forward with the ordinance, instead choosing to hold a public workshop in February.

At their January 16, 2007 meeting, the Planning Commission performed the annual CUP review for all downtown restaurants, but did not choose to schedule a review/revocation hearing for any of them, despite the fact that many had much higher counts of police calls than did Club 705, which had had its hours cut earlier in the meeting.  To see the tallys of police calls, read the staff reports, at http://www.hermosabch.org/departments/building/agenmin/pc20070116/7.pdf and http://www.hermosabch.org/departments/building/agenmin/pc20070116/11.pdf

During the January 16 CUP review, a business owner stated that a new association had been formed, and that the restaurants would police themselves.



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ANNUAL DOG AND PONY SHOW - SPRING 2006

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During a June 26 public meeting hosted by the new Neighborhood Watch, an audience member asked Interim Police Chief David Barr if the City could hire more police.  He responded by asking her what other City service she was willing to give up - presumably to release the funds necessary.

Chief Barr's response would have made sense in a city that was strapped for cash, but occurring in Hermosa, it was puzzling.  Hermosa has had big budget surpluses in each of the last ten years.  The last two surpluses each were over $3 Million.  

In the past, some City officials have claimed that there are NO surpluses - that these are merely "roll-overs."  Perhaps they told Chief Barr that, too.  For those who aren't sure who to believe, please consider the following.  (1)  How did the City accumulate the $4.2 Million cash it paid for the property south of City Hall, without surpluses?   (2)  The official worksheets showing the calculation of the surpluses, available at www.noutilitytax.com/UPDATES.html.




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ANNUAL DOG AND PONY SHOW - SPRING 2005

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In May 2005 the City Council declared that they would issue citations to bar owners who violated their CUP's.




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ANNUAL DOG AND PONY SHOW - SPRING AND SUMMER 2004

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In 2004 we went through what has become an annual Spring rite, a series of meetings between bar owners, the police, and community members.  On April 8, 2004 there was an article noting that the police were cracking down on over-occupancy, underage drinking and the use of false identification. On the morning of May 18 there was a meeting in the council chambers, between bar owners and police.  The bars were well-represented, sometimes by 4 or 5 representatives per bar.  Eight or nine police officers were there.  The press was present, and so were about 1/2 dozen vocal residents, even though the meeting was not announced to the press or the general public.

At the May meeting, City Manager Steve Burrell announced that there would be another meeting, in about 2 weeks, which community members would be encouraged to attend.  On July 22 Mr. Burrell announced that the meeting would be (tentatively) on Wednesday August 4, at 7 p.m. in the council chambers.

Here are Chief Lavin's listings of police calls to downtown establishments.



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ANNUAL DOG AND PONY SHOW - SPRING 2003

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At its meeting of January 28, 2003, the City Council appointed a subcommittee to begin working on a plan to address the concerns that had been expressed about increased fighting in the downtown area.
(Now that years have passed, it is interesting to look back at that report, and compare with the current wave of concern.)  See: Crime Subcommittee Report, the "More Humor" section, below, and the article ("Price Tag for Popularity") in the Easy Reader of December 18, 2003, page 10.



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THE COST:  BAD PRESS FOR THE WHOLE CITY

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In a February 10, 2007 front page article headlined "Women drink like a guy," the Daily Breeze reported:
"Bars in Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach, such as Harry O's,  Summers and Sharkeez - also draw students to drink and compete in Beer Pong.  British-style pub The Underground near Pier Plaza has scheduled a tournament for Sunday evening."
The article defined Beer Pong as: 
"Players take turns tossing ping-pong balls at a cluster of glasses filled with beer.  Losers must chug the beer." 


In June 2005 major newspapers carried front page articles about the Hermosa Police Department being the subject of an FBI investigation and numerous private lawsuits alleging mistreatment by the police.  The FBI investigation could be, as Councilmember Edgerton opined, "A big yawn."  Or there may be something wrong.  But if the FBI finds 'no wrongdoing,' you can be assured that that article won't be on the front page.  What most people will remember is that there is a problem in Hermosa.  Most people think that where there is smoke, there must be fire.  So, we are forever blackened.



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THE COST:  POINTE 705 FILES $7.6M CLAIM DUE TO TREATMENT BY POLICE

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On January 22, 2004, the owners of Pointe 705 filed a $7,600,000.00 claim against the City of Hermosa Beach.    There was a long story about the claim in the Easy Reader newspaper of March 18.  In late December 2005 the suit was settled for $1.1 million.

The cover sheet of the claim plus the full text of Attachments B and C (warning:  contains profanity and ethnic slurs) to it are available here:  Claim



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THE COST:  THE (ONGOING) DOWNTOWN SUBSIDY

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Some figures from the City's preliminary budget* for the fiscal year starting July 1, 2004, as of May 18, 2004 -

The City's budgeted expenses for the fiscal year include $7.5 million for the police (a 12.6% increase from the previous year), $4.1 million for the fire department (a 10% increase) and $3.2 million to be spent on street repair (part of a $16 million 5-year plan).  Those three expenses total $14.8 million.  The City has never disclosed what portion of the police, fire and road repair spending is necessary because of the downtown scene, but even a conservative estimate would put it at 30% ($4.4 million), or more.  In addition, Downtown Enhancement Fund spending is projected to exceed, by $0.2 million, the Fund's sole source of revenue, fees from parking lots on City-owned land in the downtown.

On the revenue side, sales tax income to City Hall from the entire town is projected at $2.1 million.  Hotel tax is projected to be $1.2 million.  Business license tax is projected to be $0.7 million.  Utility User's tax is projected to be $2.4 million.  Property tax is projected to be $5.9 million.  Parking meters (and parking tickets) are projected to bring in a net profit (after operating expenses) of $1.2 million.   These citywide revenues total $13.5 million.  Our estimate of the downtown's contribution to these revenues?  About $2 million.

That looks to us like a $2.6 million (or more) annual subsidy to the downtown.  You can make your own estimates, of course.  We have repeatedly challenged City Hall to provide their own figures, but they won't.

(*The figures come from the Preliminary Budget book for FY 2004-2005, pages 34 and 35.  The full book is available at the library, the Finance Department on the top floor of city hall, or at the Chamber of Commerce offices.  For a more recent tabulation of the downtowns "balance of trade," see FAQ # 7 at vivahermosa.com.)

A later estimate of the subsidy is available under FAQ # 2 on the vivahermosa.com site.



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THE COST:  ANOTHER SUBSIDY - QUALITY OF LIFE

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Subtitle:  The Helo was Up, but Arrests went Down.  In 2004 we were told that the reason why a noisy helicopter was circling over Hermosa in the middle of the night on weekends (and some weekdays) was that it's the best way to catch drunk drivers.  Sounded logical  - after all, the airborne observer would be able to see the headlight beams weaving!  So why then did DUI arrests go down, not up?  Per the HBPD statistics, year end 2004 arrests were 164, down 42% from the 2003 tally of 285.  As of 2006 the helo was gone,  because of budget cuts at the City of Hawthorne.



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RESOURCE:  RESTAURANT HOURS IN A NEARBY TOWN

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On July 25, 2006 we obtained this table from the Manhattan Beach Community Development Department.  We have added "R" to indicate the more-recent approvals, and "M" to indicate those that are in the Metlox development.




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RESOURCE:  POLICE "ACTIVITY REPORTS" NO LONGER DELAYED

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The HBPD has the Activity Reports (crime tabulations) on their website, at http://www.hermosabch.org/police/statistics.html 

Until June 2002 the Activity Report was made public monthly, as an insert in the "packet" for the second council meeting of the month following the month covered - about a 24 day lag.  Then the frequency was changed to quarterly (with approval by the City Council - see Item 1 in minutes of 9-24-02 ), with the report included in the packet for the second meeting of the second month of the following quarter.  For example, the 2nd Quarter 2004 report was in the packet of the council meeting of September 14, 2004 - 4 months after the middle of the that Quarter and 2-1/2  months after it ended.

Beginning in January 2007, the Activity Reports were again being issued monthly.

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RESOURCE:  INFO ABOUT EXISTING LICENSES IN HERMOSA BEACH

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The following are the licenses "Types" most often found in Hermosa Beach - and who has which ones. Note that ABC terminology is not as straight-forward as it may seem: "Off-sale" licenses allow for consumption only off of the premises where sold; "On-sale" licenses allow for consumption both on and off the premises where sold, unless expressly restricted to only on-sale.  To get more info on a particular licensed location, go to DHLLN's Premises Documents page (just a few entries as of Feb. 2008), or go to www.abc.ca.gov, and use the License Query system.

Type 20: Off-sale beer and wine. A convenience store. Ashley's, Granny's, Green Store, Manhattan Mart, 7 - Eleven.

Type 21: Off-sale full liquor. A liquor store. Abe's, Beach Market, Boccato's, Coast Liquor, Dan's, Dawn to Dusk (Hermosa Avenue at Herondo/190th Street), Mickey's, Ralphs, Roberts, Vons.

Type 41: On-sale beer and wine. Restaurant. "Must make actual and substantial sales of meals...." Persons under 21 are allowed at all hours. Unless specifically restricted, may also sell for consumption off the premises.
Akbar (1101 Aviation),
Banzai Beach (934 Hermosa, upstairs, original California Beach location), Bottle Inn (26-22nd), Buona Vita (425 & 439 Pier), Chef Melba's (1501 Hermosa), Creme de la Crepe (424 Pier), El Gringo (2620 Hermosa), El Pollo Inca (1100 PCH), Fritto Misto (316 Pier), Gugu Sushi (1121 Aviation), Hots Kitchen (844 Hermosa, formerly Cal. Beach), HB Yacht Club (66 Hermosa), Jitters (190 Hermosa, formerly Le Petite Cafe), La Campagna (934 Hermosa), La Penita (200 Longfellow), La Sosta (2700 Manhattan), Mama D's (1031 Hermosa), Martha's (23-22nd), New Orleans (140 Pier), Paisano's (1132 Hermosa), Paradise Sushi (53 Pier), Pedone's Pizza (1332 Hermosa, new location), Ragin Cajun (422 Pier),  Rosa's (322 PCH), Round Table Pizza (2701 PCH), Scotty's (1100 Strand), Silvio's Brazilian BBQ (20 Pier), Sushi Duke (201 Hermosa), Sushi Sei (1040 Hermosa), Suzy's (1141 Aviation), Thai Top (337 Pier), The Spot (110 Second), Zeppy's (36 Pier).

Type 42: On-sale beer and wine. Bar, tavern. Food (meals/appetizers) need not be available. Persons under 21 are not allowed to enter and remain. Unless specifically restricted, may also sell for consumption off the premises.
Poop Deck, Smokey Hollow (wine shop, 302 Pier Avenue).

Type 47: On-sale full liquor. Restaurant. "Must make actual and substantial sales of meals...." Persons under 21 are allowed at all hours.  Unless specifically restricted, may also sell for consumption off the premises.  (See also Type 75, below.)
Baja Sharkeez (52 Pier), Barnacles (837 Hermosa), Blue 32 (1332 Hermosa), Cafe Boogaloo (1238 Hermosa), Cantina Real (19 Pier), Comedy & Magic Club (1018 Hermosa), FFFF Fishack (53 Pier), Hennessey's (8 Pier), Hibachi (117 Pier), Il Boccaccio (39 Pier), La Playita (37-14th), Lighthouse (30 Pier, City licenses it as a bar), London Underground (1332 Hermosa, formerly Bestie's), Mediterraneo (73 Pier, see article above), Mermaid (11 Pier), North End (2626 Hermosa), Patrick Molloy's (50-A Pier), Pointe 705 (705 Pier), Rok Sushi (1200 Hermosa), Sangria (68 Pier), The Shore (1320 Hermosa, formerly Dano's - see article above), Waterman's (22 Pier, formerly Dragon, Beach Club, and The End Zone), Zane's (1150 Hermosa).

Type 48: On-sale full liquor. Bar, night club. Food (meals/appetizers) need not be available. Persons under 21 are not allowed to enter and remain. Unless specifically restricted, may also sell (beer and wine only) for consumption off the premises.
Hermosa Saloon (211 PCH), Saint Rocke (142 PCH, formerly The Pitcher House), Shark's Cove (1220 Hermosa).

Type 70: On-sale full liquor - restrictive service. Authorizes sales to a hotel's overnight guests or their invitees. Food (meals/appetizers) need not be available. Persons under 21 are allowed.
The Pacific Beach House hotel.

Type 75: Brew pub with on-sale full liquor. Same as Type 47, plus is authorized to brew beer on premises. Persons under 21 are allowed at all hours.
The Union Cattle Company (1301 Manhattan).


More Info?

To get more info on a particular licensed location, go to DHLLN's Premises Documents page (just a few entries as of Feb. 2008), or go to www.abc.ca.gov, and use the License Query system.


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RESOURCE:  CRIME AND LICENSE MAPS

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Assaults, 1995
Assaults, 1999
License Locations, circa 1999

 

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RESOURCE:  CONTACTING COUNCIL, COMMISSIONERS, ABC

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Contact info for council, planning commission.

Contact info for the ABC: 
Lakewood District Office, 3950 Paramount Blvd., Suite 250, Lakewood, CA 90712, 1-562-982-1337, fax 1-562-982-1396.  District Director Vincent Cravens.
ABC Sacramento 1-916-419-2500, fax 1-916-419-2599.
ABC website.

 

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RESOURCE:  A SUMMARY OF THE SCRIBNER REPORT CITED IN DHLLN'S PROTEST FORM

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Type of document: peer-reviewed research report.

The risk of assaultive violence and alcohol availability in Los Angeles County. Richard A. Scribner, David P. MacKinnon, and James H. Dwyer. American Journal of Public Health (85)3:335-340. 1995.

Key words: violence, outlet density

Summary: This study, based on data from 74 Los Angeles County cities, is the first to provide strong evidence that alcohol availability is related to violent assaults on the local level. The number of alcohol outlets (both on-site and off-site) in a city was used as a means to approximate alcohol availability. The study finds that assaults are more likely in communities that have more outlets. The authors estimate that in a typical Los Angeles city of 50,000, with 100 alcohol outlets and 570 assaults in 1990, one additional outlet would be associated with 3.4 additional assaults per year. The strong relationship between the number of outlets and assaults was found to be independent of such factors as unemployment rates, ethnic/racial makeup, income, age structure, household size, and female-headed households. Note that the study establishes a plausible association, rather than a causal relationship. The authors indicate that the study's findings have community intervention implications. Stating that community norms associated with activities in which alcohol is consumed may influence the incidence of violence, they suggest that the density of alcohol outlets may support these norms and thus contribute to the problem. Community-level interventions aimed at curtailing alcohol availability may help individuals resist these community norms. The study also points out that alcohol outlet density has been found by other researchers to be associated with other outcomes such as alcohol-related civil offenses, alcohol-related mortality, and alcohol-related motor vehicle crashes. Practical implications: This study provides evidence that supports policies to limit outlet density. Translating the key finding into plain language (one more outlet would result in 3.4 more assaults per year) should be particularly useful for policy advocates.

 

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HUMOR

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - October 11, 2002 - What's a better job than mayor of Las Vegas? How about getting paid to drink martinis? Mayor Oscar Goodman, who boasts publicly about his drinking, has sealed a $100,000 contract to endorse Bombay Sapphire gin. Goodman is inviting Robin Leach, Charo and former Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil to sip martinis with him at a party Friday celebrating the endorsement. He plans to donate his earnings to charity. "I hope this gets the message out that Las Vegas is a fun place. We're very unconventional," Goodman said. Friday's "happy hour" is only the most high profile of five evening drinking sessions Goodman has hosted. The city dubs the alcohol-filled meetings with Las Vegas residents "Martinis with the Mayor." The mayor's endorsement came after a bidding war between Bombay and two other gin brands, said Larry Nuvo of Southern Nevada Wine and Spirits, who helped arrange the endorsement. What put the blue-bottled gin on top? "He liked the taste of Bombay. He had previous experience with it," Nuvo said.

Per Lou Dobbs of CNN, Mayor Goodman has thrown down the gauntlet - he claims to be the only elected official in the country who supports hard liquor.

In response to Goodman's challenge, DHLLN is asking its readers to submit their suggestions as to products that could be endorsed by current and former elected officials of Hermosa Beach. Those suggestions will be posted here.


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MORE "HUMOR"

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From the Hermosa Beach Easy Reader "Best of the South Bay" issue, 3-6-03.

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