Mayor’s veto of SF alcohol fee stands!

October 5, 2010
As expected, the SF Board of Supervisors failed to overturn Mayor Gavin Newsom’s veto on a proposed alcohol fee. That’s good news for the beer industry.

The sponsor of the measure, S.F. Supervisor John Avalos failed to obtain the needed votes to override the veto.

John Avalos proposed the tax on liquor wholesalers, winemakers and breweries as a means to cover what the city spends annually to treat alcohol-related problems, from treatment to ambulance rides.

The measure was hugely unpopular with bars and liquor stores, who said they would have to pass the cost on to customers,

Stay tuned.