Proposed Alcohol Ordinance Getting Support

After being briefed at a workshop Monday on a proposed city ordinance that would require special training for workers serving or selling alcohol at commercial establishments, about a half dozen local business people seemed receptive to the idea, according to a published report.

Modeled after a 2007 ordinance in Solana Beach, bartenders, restaurant waiters, and clerks in grocery, liquor and convenience stores would be required to attend a free training class once every two years.

The San Marcos City Council is expected to consider the proposal in March or April.

"I think it's going to be a positive thing," San Marcos Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer Joan Priest told the North County Times. "And I think it's a business-friendly ordinance."

The state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the Food & Beverage Association of San Diego each offer versions of the class at no charge.

The Food and Beverage Association represents about 700 bars and restaurants in the county. Association Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen A. Zolezzi said the organization is against ordinances that make such training mandatory, but supports programs that increase hospitality industry employees' professionalism.

The proposed ordinance will be discussed again at the city's Student and Neighborhood Relations Commission's Feb. 8 meeting.

Read more about the proposed ordinance at this article in the North County Times.

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