11 cited for selling alcohol to minors in Pleasanton

Restaurants that sold alcohol face ABC sanctions as well

Employees at 11 restaurants have been given citations for selling alcohol to minors.

Four volunteers ranging in age from 16-19 years old made attempts to purchase alcoholic beverages at restaurants, bars, liquor stores, and other businesses that sell alcohol. The underage decoys visited 37 businesses in the City, and employees at 26 asked for identification and didn't allow the teens to buy alcohol.

Citations were issued to employees at:

* Mama Rosa Pizza and Pasta, 6770 Santa Rita Road

* Alberto's Restaurant, 435 Main Street

* New York Pizza, 690 Main Street

* Lee Garden Restaurant, 5588 Springdale Avenue

* Ashoka Indian Cuisine, 3550 Stanley Boulevard

* India Garden, 210 Rose Avenue

* Joy Chinese Cuisine, 30 W. Angela Street

* Senro Sushi, 30 W. Neal Street

* Sozo Sushi, 2835 Hopyard Road

* Round Table Pizza, 4855 Hopyard Road

* Beijing Bistro, 6654 Koll Center Parkway

In addition to giving citations to employees, those businesses face administrative action against their liquor license by Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Those actions range from fines to suspension of a liquor license.

Decoys are used on a regular basis to check whether businesses are selling tobacco or alcohol to underage buyers. Friday's operation was conducted by the Pleasanton Police Department's Special Enforcement Unit in collaboration with the California ABC Department.


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Posted by Scott Walsh
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 19, 2013 at 8:20 am

Wish shops who don't ring up sales properly on cash registers but just merely keep the drawer partially open and make change. Cheating city, state and federal taxes. Need undercover investigation of that.

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Posted by Priorities?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 19, 2013 at 8:36 am

Can a 16 year-old enter into a contract with the police in order to engage (voluntarily) in undercover police work? What's next, 14 year-olds posing as street walkers? 12 year-olds requesting a massage? 10 year-olds directing traffic? Who takes on accountability in the case that an underage volunteer gets hurt on the (unpaid) job? Seems to me someone's got their priorities a bit mixed up.

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Posted by LOVE IT!
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Nov 19, 2013 at 9:04 am

Good job PPD! Some restaurants and/or servers are so desperate they will risk losing their license/job to make a buck! How can you say anything bad about this? We don't need any more underage drinkers and drivers in this town. We already have enough legal aged drinkers/drivers in this town who should know better (but don't)!! As a result, I will not frequent the above named restaurants again.

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Posted by mooseturd
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Nov 19, 2013 at 9:35 am

mooseturd is a registered user.

PRIORITIES: It's you who have their priorities mixed up. The rest of the community says "Way TO GO!"

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Posted by Ptown family
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 19, 2013 at 9:41 am

Very nice of PPD for this effort. Certainly needed.
But when are they going to crack down on the growing prostitution in town? Have you seen ALL the massage places in every corner? Ever wonder what happens in those dark rooms? Have you seen who is providing those services and why are they open till 10PM or later. Well, let's send undercover to these establishments and clean this up-- much bigger issues than you think.

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Posted by KJ
a resident of Carriage Gardens
on Nov 19, 2013 at 10:24 am

To Priorities: These teen volunteers would be part of the City of Pleasanton's "Explorer Program" not just some random teens they picked off the streets.

The City's website notes this about the program: The Pleasanton Police Explorer Program provides young men and women an opportunity to experience how a police department functions and to prepare for a challenging career in law enforcement. The program is part of the "Learning for Life" school-career based education program. The goal of the program is to provide basic law enforcement training to teens and provide positive teen activities through community involvement.

The Police Explorer Program teaches teens about law enforcement through a "hands on" approach. Explorers receive training in various aspects of criminal law, police procedures, laws of arrest, and crime scene investigation. They also participate as ride-a-long observers with officers on patrol and serve the community at community events, searching for lost or missing persons and assisting with other services provided by the police department when needed. Explorers wear uniforms that they purchase and hold positions of rank within their organized structure.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Nov 19, 2013 at 10:50 am


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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 19, 2013 at 12:03 pm

@KJ - Thanks for the explanation. Way to go PPD!

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Nov 19, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Obey the law and everyone goes home with all the money they earned that day.


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Posted by Bill Carman
a resident of Country Fair
on Nov 19, 2013 at 5:13 pm

I'm sorry but the problem is not underage drinking but that the underage can't drink. In most countries alcohol is allowed and before WWI, there were no laws against drugs. Today, we have the law putting people in jail for non-violent drug crimes and police wasting their time busting 17 years old kids buying a beer. We should loan our cops to Oakland where they can, really, make a difference.

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