Alhambra City Council decided during a special hearing last Wednesday to permanently close Blitz Ultra Lounge for serving alcohol to minors and violating occupancy limits. Council members banned owner Christopher Jefferson from opening another business in Alhambra but are allowing him to sell the space.
The Alhambra Planning Commission revoked the bar's alcohol license and conditional-use permits on April 5 after police discovered Blitz staff serving at least six minors without checking for identification, Planning Commission attorney Steve McEwen said during the June 26 hearing. Additionally, a fire department inspection found that the club's furniture and occupancy load constituted a fire hazard.
McEwen said Blitz continued to violate city rules and state law “despite the city’s efforts to educate the owner about the rules and regulations of running the business right."
Jefferson filed an appeal on May 28, asking City Council for permission to re-open the business under new management. However, no ownership agreements were completed despite Jefferson's attempts to introduce prospective owners at previous Council meetings.
Blitz Ultra Lounge attorney Roger Diamond argued that his client had a lack of management skills and called the business an “ill-advised venture.”
“Christopher Jefferson is a computer nerd, but I won’t say he’s incompetent,” Diamond said during the hearing. “The incidents were not his fault.”
Jefferson closed his business Thursday, according to Assistant City Manager Tara Schultz.