Alcohol Fee on Supes' Menu Today
|Don't count on support for the 'Alcohol Mitigation Fee' from Mayor Gavin Newsom|
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.