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Huntington Beach gets grant to crack down on alcohol crimes

July 31, 2011 |  2:32 pm

Photo: A man is arrested after a fight in downtown Huntington Beach. The city placed restrictions on new bars, and police began tracking where people had their last drink before their arrests. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times The Huntington Beach Police Department, which has been combating problems with public drunkenness in downtown, has received a $50,000 state grant to fight alcohol-related crime over the next year.

The grant, which will fund undercover enforcement as well as educational programs for restaurant and bar owners, is the first the department has received since 2008.

Huntington Beach previously won grants in 1999 and 2000, Lt. Russell Reinhart told the Huntington Beach Independent.

The state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control received 130 applications and awarded grants to 46 police agencies, according to spokesman John Carr. Though Huntington Beach has been in the news receently regarding alcohol-related crime, Carr said the media attention didn't factor into the state's decision.

Reinhart said the enforcement will target problem areas around the city, predominantly downtown, where 38 businesses have licenses to serve alcohol within a few blocks.


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Photo: A man is arrested after a fight in downtown Huntington Beach.  Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times