The Coast News Group

Training offered to control alcohol sales

COAST CITIES — The Responsible Beverage Sales and Service ordinance, recently adopted by the city of Encinitas, is aimed at reducing the problem of alcohol sales and service to underage and intoxicated residents.
Training is open to participants countywide to support the ordinance, and is being offered from 1 to 5 p.m. July 19 at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. Encinitas has a requirement for all alcohol licensee owners and managers, and all staff that handle alcohol beverages in any capacity including servers and stock persons, to receive alcohol service training by the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control. The training is also open to the general public, and alcohol licensees in other cities.
The city is committed to providing an opportunity for all licensees to be in compliance by the July 7, 2010, deadline with its eighth ABC L.E.A.D. training free of charge. Tourism and related entertainment, recreation and hospitality businesses are important to the economic well-being of North County. The city recognizes that the selling of alcohol is a legitimate activity, and also recognizes the need to encourage safe and responsible business practices related to alcohol sales and service.
The RBSS ordinance is designed to reduce youth access to alcohol and the potential for impaired driving in the community.
The ABC L.E.A.D. training is a tool to help servers and managers learn the law and liability issues related to the sale of alcohol, and to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to:
— Recognize the signs of intoxication
— Properly check IDs and identify fakes
— Refuse service to underage and intoxicated patrons
Questions and registration can be made to Barbara Gordon, a prevention specialist with San Dieguito Alliance, at (858) 354-3800.