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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 9, 2008

City suspends liquor license of El Paso del Norte for two days

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Regulated Industries Division and the management of El Paso del Norte have agreed to a two-day suspension of the establishment's liquor license. El Paso del Norte is at 6126 Independence Ave.

This suspension is the result of violations of City ordinances. The suspension will start July 11 at 6 a.m. and will end July 13 at 1:30 a.m. As a condition of the suspension, the management will provide education, training and instruction to employees about City ordinances.

“City staff met with the management of El Paso Del Norte and we discussed the need for future compliance with the ordinances and the need to comply with the requests of public safety officers,” said Gary Majors, manager of the Regulated Industries Division of the Neighborhood and Community Services Department.

The Regulated Industries Division cited El Paso Del Norte with violations of these sections of the City ordinance:

•Sec. 10-293 – Violations; penalty
o(d) Employment of persons with permit -- It shall be unlawful for any retail licensee to have in his employ to sell or assist in the retail sale, dispensation, service or delivery of alcoholic beverages any person who does not have an employee liquor permit issued by the director [of the Neighborhood and Community Services Department]

•Sec. 50-44. – Obstructing or resisting public safety officer, employee or inspector
o(a) Any person who shall in any way or manner hinder, obstruct, molest, resist or otherwise interfere with any city public safety officer, employee or inspector, including, but not limited to, any firefighter or other fire suppression employee, fire prevention inspector, health inspector, building code inspector, zoning inspector, property maintenance or nuisances code inspector, illegal dumping inspector, regulated industries investigator or animal control officer, any employee or official of the metropolitan ambulance services trust or the ambulance contractor providing ambulance service for the metropolitan ambulance services trust, or any officer of the city police department or any member of any other law enforcement agency or police force, in the discharge of his/her official duties shall be guilty of an ordinance violation.

Media inquiries about this issue should be directed to Teresa L. Clark, public information officer for the Neighborhood and Community Services Department, (816) 513-3247.

    
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