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Alhambra Police plans a crackdown on unauthorized selling and consumption of alcohol

The Alhambra Police Department has received a grant from the Department of Alcohol Beverage Control to help reduce alcohol-related problems and the availability of alcohol to minors. The $42,060 grant aims to enhance current levels of education and enforcement related to alcohol sales and consumption in Alhambra.

Last year, 141 people were arrested in Alhambra for driving under the influence of alcohol, according to the Alhambra Police Department. In the past 12 months, police have arrested 109 individuals for being drunk in public. With this new grant, the Police Department will provide training and education to establishments that sell alcohol and patrol officers to help decrease these numbers.

The Police Department also received the Alcohol Beverage Control grant last year, and as a result completed nine special operations dealing with minors obtaining alcohol, the sale of alcohol to minors, and direct enforcement. The grant money led to  54 arrests or citations and 54 employees from various businesses throughout Alhambra participating in training courses held at the Alhambra Public Library.

Residents can currently purchase alcohol at 113 bars, restaurants, and retail stores in Alhambra. The Police Department will also be using grant money to conduct inspections and sting operations to enforce state laws and local permits in all Alhambra establishments serving or selling alcohol. 

The Police Department requests that inquiries be directed to Sergeant Ponce at (626) 300-1504.

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9 thoughts on “Alhambra Police plans a crackdown on unauthorized selling and consumption of alcohol”

  1. Resident,

    There is no end to this argument and your insinuations.

    Who mentioned “no compromise” and “voting out council members?”

    I made a simple statement about my impressions. I think they did a very nice job on the county building on the corner of Atlantic and Garfield. I think the Kohl’s shopping center and Fresh and Easy center are pleasing. I think the BMW dealership looks out of place. I think the color of the Post Office is dreadful. I’ve spoken with people who really like it.

    Some people like the “Alhambra arch” and some people don’t like it at all.

    These are OPINIONS and impressions, not political statements, a call for a city council recall election or opinions about people who walk the streets of Alhambra.

    It seems to me that you are only looking at it “your way.” Most people do.

  2. @ Scott,

    Some of the safest places are those that exhibit areas of high visibilty. People don’t need to look out windows to do DUI checks. They can call the police for suspicious activities. BTW, I’m part of a neighborhood watch program and all it takes is a phone call.

    So you think your sleaziness is my paradise? That’s your own mental opinion. So what’s your idea to make that place UNsleazy??? The bars? The type of people walking the streets there?

    Tell us…

  3. Resident,

    It wasn’t a cheap shot. It’s the feeling I get in downtown, especially Main between Garfield an 3rd. I don’t agree with your response, even though I do think the PD does a good job, but I don’t call your comments uncalled for. I have too much respect for people’s opinions to do that. It’s the way you see it. One man’s sleaziness is another man’s paradise.

    More eyes on the street? What does that mean? Are people going to look out of their condos doing DUI checks?

  4. any developing, bustling urban city will have stuff like this. with the good comes the bad. cant be all family diners and cute stores.

    1. You are right yeah man.

      But there are many people in Alhambra who do not understand both sides of the coin. They only want to look at it their way.

      For example, person crys out SLEAZINESS. Then, the city works on development and cleanliness. In doing so, another person crys out GENTRIFICATION or DISCRIMINATION.

      There is no compromise, just MY WAY or we will vote out the current city council members…

      1. Resident…

        I reread your post and realize you said “high visibility” and not “high density” and that might be a valid point.

  5. Not surprising. Downtown Alhambra has become a collection and lounges and bars. It’s taken on an air of sleaziness.

    1. Disagree with you Scott.

      Alhambra Main St. is still developing and find your attempt to throw cheap shots at our downtown uncalled for.

      What do you expect of the Main St. corridor? A picture perfect post-card of what it should be? With all the developments going on, the dynamics of urban city life along Main will definitely mature in the future. We also have a good PD who patrol, perform random DUI checkpoints, and all the condos being built there will definitely put more “eyes on the streets”…

  6. Ironic story. The city spent something like $250,000 to help support the opening of a bar in the city (38 degrees) and now is begging the State of California for $40,000 to find more people that are drinking….

    For the number of drivers being arrested for DUI’s I assume the number comes from the frequent DUI stations set up near the 710 exit on Valley Blvd. Is there a metric that splits the DUI sweeps vs normal operations?