On the web: http://www.abc.ca.gov
If you sell alcohol to a minor in Merced, a teen in Torrance, or a youth in Eureka, expect a visit from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). The agency regulates the manufacture, importation, and sale of alcoholic beverages throughout the Golden State. Through 24 field offices across California, the agency handles the administration, compliance, and licensing of retail locations that sell alcohol. The ABC divides the state into two districts, Northern and Southern. The agency is headed by a governor-appointed director, and is a department of the California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency.
Director: US State & Regional Government Agencies
|Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control|
|Formed||January 1, 1955|
|Department executive||Jacob Appelsmith, Director|
The ABC was created by constitutional amendment effective January 1, 1955, as an independent department of the executive branch of the state government. The Board of Equalization no longer has any responsibility in liquor control matters except as a taxing authority.
The department is headed by a director appointed by the Governor of California, and its two divisions are divided into districts based on population and geographical needs.
ABC has the exclusive power, in accordance with laws enacted, to license and regulate the manufacture, importation and sale of alcoholic beverages in California. It also has the power for good cause to deny, suspend or revoke any specific alcoholic beverage license.
This entry is from Wikipedia, the leading user-contributed encyclopedia. It may not have been reviewed by professional editors (see full disclaimer)