Startling forgotten precedents revealed!

Posted on March 3, 2014 by Submitted

The city council, the chief and city staff may want to consider some alcohol related law already on the books. It appears that regulation, limitation, a numbers cap, and types of licenses have already been considered by the town fathers. In accordance with said city law: all alcohol is the same, the spaces and licenses for alcohol dealers will be regulated and judged for appropriateness, licenses will not be transferrable and alcohol retail/ wholesale licenses will be capped at 10. However, the hours of operation favor those wanting to keep a few in them.

Ordinance NO. 121 Feb. 7, 1912
‘An ordinance establishing for the purpose of regulation only a license tax upon the business of wholesale and retail liquor dealers, defining the classes of liquor dealers, and other persons disposing of liquors; the manner of procuring said licenses; the regulations governing the conducting of said business, the collection of said license tax; limiting the numbers of retail liquor dealers; also misc provisions in connection with said license tax.’

The Board of Trustees of the Cirty of Sonoma does hereby ordain as follows:

Section 1: all alcohol serving businesses are required to be licensed, taxed and regulated

Section 2: all venues serving any type of alcohol, ‘shall be known as a retail liquor dealer’

Section 3: all venues with a fixed place of business that sells alcohol ‘shall be known as wholesale liquor dealers’

Section 4: all retail and wholesale liquor venues ‘shall file with the city their petition for granting.. of a liquor license.. and state the location, rooms or place.. where business is to be carried out’
-the petition shall not be made by more than one person or more than one joint owner or tenant on any city lot
-and that the venue shall be of ‘suitable and proper locality for conducting such business’

Section 6: licenses are not transferrable

Section 7: all venues closed from 11:PM to 5:AM

Section 8: no more than ten licenses at any one time

Section 9: when any license ceases, the rest will be charged more for their licenses

Section 11: violations result in a fine of $50 to $100 and/ or imprisonment

Section 12: no gambling or dancing along with the serving of alcohol

Section 14: city can revoke licenses

Ordinance takes effect Feb 29th 1912
Ay: Dal Pogetto, McDonell, Quartaroli, Wagnon; Cummings absent
H.W Gottenberg, City Clerk

Fred Allebach

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