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April 14, 2015 (El Cajon)—Communities Against Substance Abuse (CASA) and the San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce are offering a training program for stores on how to avoid selling alcohol to minors.  A recent sting operation by El Cajon Police found 18 of 66 stores selling alcohol to minors – and three stores did it twice.

“We want to help provide a solution to better train store employees and managers about how to properly card anyone who might be under-age,” says Eric Lund, general manager of the Chamber.  He adds, “We feel it is important to protect our kids and the business community and train our business workforce to understand all of the regulations and laws to improve safety.” 

Owners of stores that sell alcohol for off-site consumption are encouraged to attend and send their employees.

The training session will be held at the new East County Chamber Business Resource Center at 201 South Magnolia Ave in El Cajon on April 30th from 9:30am until 1:30 pm and the total cost is just $25 to CASA.  Anyone who takes the training program will receive a certificate and the course meets all of the El Cajon deemed approved ordinance requirements.  There is a $25 fee for the course.

Merchants that repeatedly violate the ordinance and state law could face consequences including suspension of licensing to sell alcohol.

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