Supe looks to expand ban on alcohol sales 

The crackdown on allowing new liquor stores to open up for business in San Francisco’s most troubled neighborhoods continues with a proposal to prohibit new alcohol permits along upper Mission Street.

Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval introduced legislation Tuesday that would enact a five-year moratorium on new permits for liquor stores along Mission Street from Silver Avenue to the Daly City border. In just a 10-block area along Mission Street between Silver and Rolph streets, there are eight existing liquor stores. The legislation would create the sixth area in San Francisco that prohibits new businesses to open that sell alcohol.

"The Excelsior is plagued by an overabundance of liquor stores and this surplus reduces commercial space that I think would be available to more family-oriented businesses," Sandoval said.

IN OTHER ACTION

PROPOSAL TO RECORD ALL MEETINGS: Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi requested legislation that would require all meetings in City Hall to be recorded and made accessible to the public via the Internet. Currently, 60 percent of commission meetings at City Hall are not available online.

PARK-MONEY MEASURE GOES TO BALLOT: The $185 million park bond was officially placed on the February 2008 ballot. Most of the money would fund neighborhood park repairs, while $35.5 million would go toward waterfront repairs on Port Commission land.

ADVERTISING DEAL APPROVED: In a 7-2 vote, a transit-shelter advertising agreement was given final approval with Clear Channel Outdoor Inc. The 15-year contract, with a five-year option, would generate an average of $12.6 million a year for the Municipal Transportation Agency, which oversees Muni.

jsabatini@examiner.com

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