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By Miriam Raftery

August 20, 2013 (El Cajon) – El Cajon City Council will consider an ordinance to restrict alcohol sales at its next meeting on August 27.

The law aims to restrict sales of single-serve alcohol containers to individuals with repeated arrests for alcohol-related offenses.  The law would not affect restaurants or bars.  It would restrict sales at future stores and would also require current stores to comply with the law. 

Violators would receive warnings and small fines initially, but could be shut down if serious violations occur repeatedly.

New, smaller stores selling alcohol could only open in areas of the city with lower crime rates and where the state rules say there is room for more alcohol sales. Currently the only areas that meet those requirements are Fletcher Hills and Granite Hills.  The law would not apply to large stores that have less than 10 percent of store space set aside for alcohol sales, such as supermarkets and drug stores. 

You can post comments on the proposed law on the city’s website. The issue is expected to be heard by Council next Tuesday.  Check the city’s website Monday, when a final agenda should be posted.  

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