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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Alcohol Fee on Supes' Menu Today

Posted By on Tue, Sep 7, 2010 at 8:05 AM

click to enlarge Don't count on support for the 'Alcohol Mitigation Fee' from Mayor Gavin Newsom - LUKE THOMAS
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  • Don't count on support for the 'Alcohol Mitigation Fee' from Mayor Gavin Newsom
After several weeks of vacation, one of the first items on the Board of Supervisors' schedule: a drink.

The supes will today vote on Supervisor John Avalos' contentious alcohol fee, a charge placed on the city's wholesale alcohol distributors -- and, invariably, passed on to establishments and customers -- to fund services for the city's most desperate alcoholics.

While the fee has been sold as "a nickel a drink," the potential costs to consumers are somewhat amorphous, as it is placed on wholesalers. Less amorphous, however, is the likelihood of a lawsuit should the fee be enacted.

Finally, as the Chronicle pointed out, it takes only six votes to pass a measure -- but eight to withstand a mayoral veto. And swing Supe -- and mayoral candidate -- Bevan Dufty said he's not voting for this.

A veto from Mayor Gavin Newsom -- a former restaurateur who also made plenty of money in the alcohol business -- has been promised.

Update, noon: The supes meeting today was canceled, due to a lack of proper notification. The meeting will either be held later this week or the supervisors will have a double header next week. Looks like Eric Mar didn't need to race back from Burning Man so quickly

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Joe Eskenazi

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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