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Cities get funds to prevent alcohol sales to minors

SOUTH GATE — The Police Department has received $50,000 from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control that will be used to address community issues due to alcohol-related crimes by reducing alcoholic beverage sales to minors, Sgt. Ismael Ververa said.

Of the funds, $30,000 will go to Huntington Park and $20,000 to South Gate.

The Huntington Park City Council formally accepted the grant Aug. 3

Police Chief Cosme Lozano said Huntington Park would use its share for such things as sting operations to catch those selling alcoholic beverages to minors.

Ververa said South Gate’s plan would include targeting locations that participate in illegal activity, strictly enforcing public intoxication violations, educating the public on underage drinking and businesses on how to achieve compliance with alcohol-related laws.

Grant funds of $25,000 were utilized from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015 in South Gate only.

Throughout that fiscal year, South Gate Officers along with state agents conducted approximately 16 operations which led to 12 citations and the arrest of three individuals, related to the sales of alcohol to minors, Ververa said.