ABC Suspends San Diego Bar for Lewd Conduct/Prostitution

Apr 24, 2001, 01:00 ET from California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control

    SAN DIEGO, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) today suspended
 for 30 days the liquor license of a bar known as Nite Life, 4307 Ohio Street
 in San Diego.  The action was taken after a dancer performed lewd dances and
 simulated sex for undercover investigators, and agreed to perform oral sex for
 money resulting in a charge of prostitution.
     The bar has an extensive history of lewd conduct, with eight violations
 since 1977.  Two of those were within five years of the latest violation which
 occurred in July of 1998.  The previous two violations resulted in a liquor
 license suspension of 15 and 30 days respectively.
     The formal penalty for the latest violation is revocation of the license,
 with the revocation stayed for a period of three years, plus a 30 day license
 suspension which began today.  If during the three-year stayed period a
 similar violation occurs, the Department may then permanently revoke the
 license.
     The Department of ABC has a pending ninth violation against the night
 club, which may result in outright revocation of the license.
     ABC San Diego District Office Administrator Steve Ernst said,
 "The Nite Life has been an on-going law enforcement problem for ABC and the
 San Diego Police Department for a long time."  Earlier this year, a doorman of
 the nightclub was killed by a patron.
     The delay in imposing the 30 day suspension for an incident in 1998 was
 due to repeated appeals of the Department's penalty by the licensee, which
 went all the way to a District Court of Appeal and the State Supreme Court.
 The two higher courts, after reviewing the case, declined to hear the appeals.
     For more information on the suspension, contact Steve Ernst at
 619-525-4064.
 
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SOURCE California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control
    SAN DIEGO, April 24 /PRNewswire Interactive News Release/ --
 The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) today suspended
 for 30 days the liquor license of a bar known as Nite Life, 4307 Ohio Street
 in San Diego.  The action was taken after a dancer performed lewd dances and
 simulated sex for undercover investigators, and agreed to perform oral sex for
 money resulting in a charge of prostitution.
     The bar has an extensive history of lewd conduct, with eight violations
 since 1977.  Two of those were within five years of the latest violation which
 occurred in July of 1998.  The previous two violations resulted in a liquor
 license suspension of 15 and 30 days respectively.
     The formal penalty for the latest violation is revocation of the license,
 with the revocation stayed for a period of three years, plus a 30 day license
 suspension which began today.  If during the three-year stayed period a
 similar violation occurs, the Department may then permanently revoke the
 license.
     The Department of ABC has a pending ninth violation against the night
 club, which may result in outright revocation of the license.
     ABC San Diego District Office Administrator Steve Ernst said,
 "The Nite Life has been an on-going law enforcement problem for ABC and the
 San Diego Police Department for a long time."  Earlier this year, a doorman of
 the nightclub was killed by a patron.
     The delay in imposing the 30 day suspension for an incident in 1998 was
 due to repeated appeals of the Department's penalty by the licensee, which
 went all the way to a District Court of Appeal and the State Supreme Court.
 The two higher courts, after reviewing the case, declined to hear the appeals.
     For more information on the suspension, contact Steve Ernst at
 619-525-4064.
 
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 SOURCE  California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control