Alcohol Fee on Supes' Menu Today

Categories: Politics
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Luke Thomas
Don't count on support for the 'Alcohol Mitigation Fee' from Mayor Gavin Newsom
After several weeks of vacation, one of the first items on the Board of Supervisors' schedule: a drink.

The supes will today vote on Supervisor John Avalos' contentious alcohol fee, a charge placed on the city's wholesale alcohol distributors -- and, invariably, passed on to establishments and customers -- to fund services for the city's most desperate alcoholics.

While the fee has been sold as "a nickel a drink," the potential costs to consumers are somewhat amorphous, as it is placed on wholesalers. Less amorphous, however, is the likelihood of a lawsuit should the fee be enacted.

Finally, as the Chronicle pointed out, it takes only six votes to pass a measure -- but eight to withstand a mayoral veto. And swing Supe -- and mayoral candidate -- Bevan Dufty said he's not voting for this.

A veto from Mayor Gavin Newsom -- a former restaurateur who also made plenty of money in the alcohol business -- has been promised.

Update, noon: The supes meeting today was canceled, due to a lack of proper notification. The meeting will either be held later this week or the supervisors will have a double header next week. Looks like Eric Mar didn't need to race back from Burning Man so quickly

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