California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

  • Agency: California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
  • Address: 3927 Lennane Drive, Suite 100, Sacramento, 95834 CA
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Phone: (916) 419-2500
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California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is located at 3927 Lennane Drive, Suite 100, Sacramento, 95834 CA. The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control phone number is (916) 419-2500.

California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control News

MADD California, SADD, RADD &ABC team up through Office of Traffic Safety Grant. Sacramento – The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has announced it will administer a grant involving Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) California, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and the Recording Artists, Actors and Athletes Against Drunk Driving (RADD). The grant will boost community outreach efforts by MADD, SADD and RADD to help reduce impaired driving in the State of California with the aim of lowering the number of Californians killed or injured in crashes that involve impaired drivers. The $1,482,000 grant was awarded to ABC by the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) through the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA). Through this grant, ABC, MADD California, SADD and RADD will all work to reduce impaired driving in California. Additionally, MADD, SADD and RADD will hold several events to educate the public about the dangers of impaired driving through community outreach, social media and research. MADD California has been awarded $325,317 to bring awareness to the public about the consequences and impact of impaired driving through volunteer speakers, community meetings and educational outreach efforts through schools, health and safety fairs and other community events. MADD California uses a variety of tools to enhance educational efforts such as distributing educational materials to the community at public venues, supporting the efforts of law enforcement agencies, and providing information to the public. MADD California works closely with safety groups whose mission and vision can assist in the battle to eliminate impaired driving. The grant provides $341,123 to SADD to strengthen a clearinghouse of information used to address the issues of teen traffic safety by promoting prevention and education about underage drinking, distracted driving, impaired driving and driving near large vehicles on the roads and highways. SADD also hopes to increase its number of chapters in California so more high school students are involved in raising awareness about teen driving safety. The grant program activities will run through September 30, 2019. RADD will utilize $696,479 to conduct prevention activities and regional DUI prevention trainings for its network of 53 college campuses, three military bases and hospitality zones throughout the state. In addition, RADD will hold Responsible Beverage Server (RBS) train the trainer sessions for community/hospitality partners on ways to help reduce impaired driving. The organization, which has 500 RADD Rewards partners, will recruit additional retailers and other hospitality entities to partner in music-themed designated driver programs, #RADDNight events, social media campaigns, and distributions of educational materials at colleges and on military installations in an effort to reach over one million 18-34 year-old Californians. ABC will be working closely with MADD, SADD and RADD throughout the next year to boost safety in communities through education and prevention. ABC protects communities through education and by administering prevention and enforcement programs designed to increase compliance with California’s alcoholic beverage laws. ABC licensees and their employees are encouraged to take ABC’s free four hour LEAD training classes to help achieve higher compliance with alcoholic beverage laws. LEAD stands for Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs. To learn more about ABC programs that help protect communities, prevent alcohol-related harm and save lives visit https://www.abc.ca.gov/programs/programs_PE.html. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. ABC is a department of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.

The Department has updated the following exam bulletins, to include the new cut-off date of April 12, 2019. • Agent Trainee, ABC • Agent, ABC To view the Agent Trainee bulletin, Click Here. If you know of anyone that would like to take our Agent Trainee or Agent exams please refer them to our ABC website www.abc.ca.gov - “Become an ABC Agent”. This page provides information regarding our hiring process and includes study guides for the Agent Trainee and Agent exams.

ABC Awarded Grant to Increase Safety in California Communities Grant comes from the California Office of Traffic Safety for Multiple ABC Programs SACRAMENTO –The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) today announced it has been awarded a $1.4 million grant which will help fund a number of departmental programs that increase public safety by combatting underage drinking and educating licensees about alcoholic beverage laws. Additionally, the grant resources will be utilized for holiday enforcement operations and place of last sale investigations throughout California. In an effort to maximize the public safety campaign relating to alcoholic beverage use and sale, this grant allows ABC to award grants to local law enforcement agencies. These local law enforcement grant dollar amounts vary from $10,000 to $25,000. “Keeping alcohol out of the hands of youth is a priority for the ABC,” said ABC Director Jacob Appelsmith. “This grant will help reduce youth access to alcohol and increase safety in communities throughout California through ABC Education and Prevention Programs.” Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The grant will run through the end of September 2019. The goal of the grant is to reduce the availability of alcohol to minors and reduce alcohol-related crime through multiple enforcement, educational, and prevention programs conducted by ABC Agents and local law enforcement officers. A portion of the grant funds will be used for holiday enforcement efforts. ABC programs funded through the grant include Minor Decoy and Shoulder Tap Decoy operations, Informed Merchants Preventing Alcohol-Related Crime Tendency (IMPACT) inspections, Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drug (LEAD) trainings and Target Responsibility for Alcohol-Connected Emergencies (TRACE) trainings. Minor Decoy and Shoulder Tap Decoy operations are used to reduce youth access to alcohol. TRACE involves in-depth ABC investigations of serious incidents including: vehicle collisions, alcohol overdoses, poisonings and assaults involving minors, where alcohol is a contributing factor. IMPACT is a program used by ABC to educate licensees, increase compliance with alcoholic beverage laws, and help prevent underage drinking. The LEAD program educates businesses on laws involving the sale and service of alcoholic beverages. ABC protects communities through education and by administering prevention and enforcement programs designed to increase compliance with California’s alcoholic beverage laws. ABC licensees and their employees are encouraged to take ABC’s free four hour LEAD training classes to help achieve higher compliance with alcoholic beverage laws. LEAD stands for Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs. To learn more about ABC programs that help protect communities, prevent alcohol-related harm and save lives visit https://www.abc.ca.gov/programs/programs_PE.html. ABC is a department of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.

ABC Agents will be out Enforcing Alcoholic Beverage Laws during Halloween Week The Department also recognizes Red Ribbon Week and a focus on Preventing Underage Drinking SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) today announced that agents will be working in communities throughout California to make this year’s Halloween as safe as possible by utilizing ABC education and enforcement programs. In California, there are many large Halloween events held each year where alcohol may be involved. “Too many Californians are killed or injured in alcohol-related crashes and incidents and hopefully education, prevention and enforcement efforts will prevent those tragedies from occurring,” said ABC Director Jacob Appelsmith. “ABC encourages everyone to discuss how to make Halloween as safe as possible.” The Department hopes that by reminding people now of the potentially devastating consequences that can result from a poor decision, individual harm or deaths can be avoided. ABC education and enforcement will be broad based with a focus on preventing sales of alcohol to minors and over-consumption. ABC also reminds any adults of legal drinking age to designate a non-drinking driver prior to celebrations so they can get home safely and keep communities safe. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), harmful and underage drinking remain significant problems in this country and on U.S. campuses despite collective efforts to address them. More information on prevention strategies can be found on their website at http://www.niaaa.nih.gov/ or at http://www.collegedrinkingprevention.gov/. In addition to Halloween activities, Oct 23-October 31 is National Red Ribbon Week. The Red Ribbon Campaign, coordinated by the National Family Partnership, is a nationwide effort to raise awareness of the destruction caused by drugs in America. The campaign’s mission is to create a drug-free America by helping citizens across the country come together to keep children, families and communities safe, healthy and drug-free. Visit the Red Ribbon website at http://redribbon.org/ for more information. ABC protects communities through education and by administering prevention and enforcement programs designed to increase compliance with California’s alcoholic beverage laws. ABC licensees and their employees are encouraged to take ABC’s free four hour LEAD training classes to help achieve higher compliance with alcoholic beverage laws. LEAD stands for Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs. To learn more about ABC programs that help protect communities, prevent alcohol-related harm and save lives visit https://www.abc.ca.gov/programs/programs_PE.html. ABC is a department of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. Funding for Halloween enforcement operations are provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

ABC conducts Los Angeles County Priority Drawing. A special thank you to Captain Joe Nunez from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Cerritos Station, for his help in drawing the winners.

https://www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov/get-materials/teen-safety/national-teen-driver-safety-week/rules-road

https://www.csea.com/web/Events/School-Bus-Safety-Week

Great PSA - nice job Cal Poly!

FREE ABC LEAD TRAINING!

https://alcoholjustice.org/news-2/blog/1327-california-abc-thought-shalt-not-mix-your-weed-and-alcohol

https://www.sanluisobispo.com/news/local/article216056395.html

Members of the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control are participating in the 3rd Annual 'California Alcohol Policy Alliance' Summit in Los Angeles.

The Disability Advisory Committees (DAC) from the Department of Consumer Affairs, and Alcoholic Beverage Control are hosting a career fair event in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. This event is open to state employees and to the public. Urijah Faber Cage fighting featherweight champion has agreed to be our keynote speaker. In addition to the career fair, there will be brief presentations on developing a CalCareer Account and writing a Statement of Qualifications. CalHR’s recruitment staff will also have a table at the career fair.

ABC Agents Arrest Four Persons for Illegal Drug Sales and Prostitution. The Arrests were made at a Downtown Oakland Karaoke Lounge. Oakland, CA - On October 04, 2018, Agents with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) arrested four individuals for selling illegal drugs and prostitution related violations. The arrests were made following an undercover operation at “Music Café” located at 251 Ninth Street in Oakland. ABC began its investigation after receiving citizen complaints alleging illegal drug activity, sales to minors, and loud music affecting nearby residents. ABC Agents conducted a three month undercover investigation and were able to purchase illegal drugs including cocaine, ecstasy and ketamine from premises employees. The Agents were also solicited for prostitution by premises employees and the investigation confirmed alcohol sales after two a.m. which is a violation of state law. Charlie Phuc Ngo, 29, of Sacramento was arrested for felony sales of narcotics, felony conspiracy, and maintaining a house of prostitution. Jinghan Liu, 27, of Hayward was arrested for felony sales of narcotics and felony pimping and pandering. Ying Liu, 41, of Oakland was arrested for felony sales of narcotics. Wei Na Hu, 23, of Oakland was cited and released on a misdemeanor prostitution charge. In addition to the arrests, ABC Agents served a search warrant at the business and confiscated cash and narcotics found on the premises. Officers from the Oakland Police Department assisted with the service of the search warrant. ABC will be pursing disciplinary action against the license of the business. Penalties could include suspension or revocation of the license. ABC is a Department of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency.

TEU PSA’s for October 2018 1. Can a holder of an Off-Sale Beer & Wine license (Type 20), which is issued to a “brick & mortar” store open for consumer sales also hold a Beer & Wine Wholesaler license (Type 17)? Yes. It is permitted for a licensee holding a Type 20 license at a “brick & mortar” store to apply for and be issued a Type 17 license where they may sell both beer and wine to retailers and other wholesalers. It should be noted, however, that per Section 23378.2 of the California Business and Professions Code, once the Type 17 issues to a Type 20 licensee, the licensee may only sell wine to consumers in the “brick & mortar” store. 2. Does the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control regulate the TTB Warning labels or the California Proposition 65 warning labels on alcoholic beverages? The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control does not have authority in the area of the TTB or Proposition 65 warning labels. Questions or concerns regarding the TTB requirements for labels should be directed to the Advertising, Labeling and Formulation Division of TTB: TTB | Offices | Advertising, Labeling and Formulation Division in Washington, D.C. For clarification and guidance regarding the Proposition 65 Warning labels, you will need to contact the state Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA).

Calling all alcoholic beverage servers: FREE TRAINING Sign on and get trained @ https://www.abc.ca.gov/programs/Lead%20webpage.html/ Help ABC reach its goal of 10,000 by September 30! Over 4100 have registered so far. 6,000 to go!

ABC Suspends the License of the Firewater Saloon in Oceanside. Alcohol Sales are immediately prohibited until the license is transferred. (Oceanside) - Agents of the California Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) have posted a Notice of Suspension at the Firewater Saloon located at 406 Pier View Way in the city of Oceanside. The business is prohibited from serving, selling or allowing consumption of alcohol indefinitely. The owner must transfer the license to another person or persons within the next 180 days or the license will be revoked. The suspension is the result of an investigation conducted by the ABC and Oceanside Police Department related to disorderly activity as defined by California Business and Professions Code Section 25601. From December 2016 through July 2018, police responded and took action numerous times for incidents such as fights, assaults, public drunkenness and disturbing the peace. Because there were so many calls for service this created a law enforcement problem and a drain on police resources. ABC protects communities through education and by administering prevention and enforcement programs designed to increase compliance with California’s alcoholic beverage laws. ABC licensees and their employees are encouraged to take ABC’s LEAD training online or in a classroom setting to help achieve higher compliance with alcoholic beverage laws. LEAD stands for Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs. To learn more about ABC programs that help protect communities, prevent alcohol-related harm and potentially save lives visit https://www.abc.ca.gov/programs/programs_PE.html. ABC is a Department of the Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency. #

Here is a press release from the King City Police Department: PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATE/TIME: 09/21/18 1700-2300 TYPE OF INCIDENT: Alcohol sales to minors LOCATION: Various locations throughout King City SUSPECT/S: See Below ================================================================== SYNOPSIS: On above date/time officers with the King City Police Department in conjunction with Agents from the State of California Alcohol Beverage Control and with the assistance of the Monterey County Friday Night Live program conducted compliance checks targeting the sales of alcohol to minors. The operation visited nine (9) locations and issued citations to the following persons for Furnishing Alcohol to Minors in violation of 25658(a) B&P: 400 Blk of S. First St- Nikunjkumar Patel 37 yrs of King City 100 Blk of Bassett- Alijandra Carpio Mojica 27 yrs of King City Jesus Adolfo Guzman Cruz 20 yrs of King City- Minor in possession of Alcohol (25662(a) B&P) 100 Blk of Broadway- Irma Ochoa Aguirre 44 yrs of King City Guillermo Calderon Soto 20 yrs of King City Anyone with further information in regards to this operation is encouraged to call the King City Police Department at (831) 386-5980 or the WeTip line at 1-800-78-CRIME. Your call may remain completely anonymous. Media inquiries regarding this press release should be directed to Chief Robert Masterson at (831) 385-4848.

Yesterday, ABC Agents from the Lakewood District Office posted a 45 day suspension for illegal drink solicitation violations at Amelia's Bar in Wlimington.

Calling all alcoholic beverage servers: FREE TRAINING Sign on and get trained @ https://www.abc.ca.gov/programs/Lead%20webpage.html/ Help ABC reach its goal of 10,000 by September 30! Nearly 4000 have registered so far. 6,000 to go!

CaliforniaABC The Push is on to to get 10,000 alcoholic beverage servers trained!Help ABC reach its goal of 10,000 by the end of September! 2753 individuals have registered so far. Sign on and get trained @ https://www.abc.ca.gov/programs/Lead%20webpage.html/ FREE ONLINE ABC LEAD TRAINING ! https://www.abc.ca.gov/programs/Lead%20webpage.html/

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department Receives $100,000 ABC Grant. https://www.edhat.com/news/sheriffs-office-receives-grant-to-fight-alcohol-related-crime

ABC Posts 30 Day Notice of Suspension at King City Restaurant Agents Observe Numerous Violations ABC Agents have posted a 30 day Notice of Suspension at the Mariscos El Camaron restaurant in King City located at 223 Broadway Street. ABC filed an accusation against the business earlier this year for violations involving sales of alcohol beverages to minors, minors consuming alcoholic beverages on the premises, unauthorized sales of distilled spirits, and for obstruction of justice by delaying the investigation by ABC agents. During the investigation ABC agents observed three minors purchasing and/or consuming alcohol. The investigation also confirmed the employees involved in the sale to the minors were 18 and 19 year-old minors themselves. The licensee was present for the violations and subsequent investigation. This is the second accusation filed against the licensee and premises this year. The first accusation was filed in April 2018 stemming from a violation of sales of alcohol to a minor and alcohol consumption by a minor back in January, 2018. The license was suspended for 15 days in April 2018. #

The Push is on to to get 10,000 alcoholic beverage servers trained!Help ABC reach its goal of 10,000 by the end of September! We are currently at 2753 and counting. Sign on and get trained @ https://www.abc.ca.gov/programs/Lead%20webpage.html/ FREE ONLINE ABC LEAD TRAINING ! https://www.abc.ca.gov/programs/Lead%20webpage.html/