Community Meeting Tonight on Mission Liquor License Ban

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?”

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  1. Max

    What is this, Utah? Alcohol is legal, and it’s a shame that some of the best restaurants in the world right here in the Mission are limited to beer and wine. I travel the world for business, and this is one of the only places like this, and it makes no sense, and accomplishes nothing. Restaurants with liquor licenses are not the cause of public drunkenness. Besides, this is San Francisco, not fascist Utah.

  2. Tom Ferriole

    Mission district residents have every reason to be protective and concerned about the fragile vitality of their mixed-use residential neighborhoods. The progressive faction of the Board of Supervisors, including president David Chiu and David Campos, speak equally on behalf of business interests based primarily in profit from alcohol sales as they do for residents.

    Campos is now carrying the “vodka” for businesses that don’t like Special-Use District limitations on their alcohol-sales profiles. Campos doesn’t like the limitations either and is positioning for a middle ground: alcohol sales will be expanded and residents will have to adjust to it (

    Mission residents aren’t alone in essentially being stalked by radicals supporting alcohol-venue expansion. In the words of Entertainment Commissioner Audrey Joseph, San Francisco ought to be cranking 24/7.

    Former EC president Joseph admitted to me that she lives in a district where no businesses are permitted.

    David Chiu and Campos want your real estate…and they don’t care whether you like it or not.

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