Supervisor David Campos wants to hear from you on the liquor license ban and what changes, if any, should be made to it. There will be a community meeting tonight at 6 p.m. at Plaza Adelante, 2301 Mission St. at 19th.
The Mission Alcoholic Beverage Special Use District was put in place in the mid-1990s, in part because residents were concerned about public drunkenness and crime.
Then-Supervisor Susan Leal proposed making a temporary ban permanent. “Mission residents and businesspeople have been troubled for years about the problems of crime, loitering and harassment outside liquor stores,” Leal said at the time. “We are now putting into place permanent legislation to … make the Mission a safer place to live.”
But the ban hasn’t stopped liquor from pouring into the neighborhood. Since it went into effect in 1996, data gathered from the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control shows that 156 restaurants have been licensed to sell beer and wine in the neighborhood, 39 restaurants obtained a full liquor license, two new bars have opened and three more stores sell beer and wine.
In early May, Campos held the first community meeting on the liquor license moratorium, and the community seemed divided on the issue.
On one hand, business owners were in favor of more alcohol and more ease in its sale. Having a full bar is the only way small businesses can compete with new establishments moving into the Mission, they said, and the moratorium makes it difficult to buy a liquor license.
But many residents felt differently. “We’re being flooded with alcohol,” said one. “How will this change improve public health?”