State issues few alcohol citations at Dodgers Stadium, Angels Stadium and Staples Center
State regulators have not cited Southern California's top pro-sports venues in several years.
The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the licensing authority that enforces responsible alcohol retailing, has not issued a citation for liquor-law violations at Dodgers Stadium since 1999, according to a Times review.
No citations for violations at Angels Stadium have been filed since at least 1992, and the most recent allegation against a Staples Center vendor came in 2002.
ABC spokesman John Carr said the Dodgers' clean slate could simply reflect sharp-eyed vigilance by concessionaires and security staffs. And it is difficult to prove "disorderly house" cases, they said: The task requires the ABC to determine that a vendor's actions or inaction helped create a public nuisance.
Carr said ABC inspections are infrequent because the agency is spread thin, keeping tabs on more than 80,000 licenses statewide.
-- Paul Pringle
Photo: Police patrol Dodgers Stadium. Credit: L.A. Times