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Anschutz's Club Nokia is exempted from liquor ad ban

October 14, 2009 |  5:50 pm

State lawmakers today agreed to exempt a downtown Los Angeles nightclub built by billionaire Philip Anschutz from a state ban on liquor ads inside some clubs.

The Senate voted 30 to 3 to exempt Club Nokia from a state law that prohibits the advertising if the club is selling the brands being promoted.

"At a time when we have the highest unemployment since the Great Depression, this bill will help bring more jobs, more people back to work in the city of Los Angeles," said Sen. Tony Strickland (R-Thousand Oaks). The bill, AB 813, was written by Assemblyman John Perez (D-Los Angeles).

The club is part of the LA Live entertainment district developed by Anschutz's AEG near Staples Center.

—Patrick McGreevy

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