Responsible Beverage Sales and Service Ordinance
What is a Responsible Beverage Sales and Service Ordinance?
The City of Vista adopted a Responsible Beverage Sales and Service (RBSS) ordinance in November 2009. The ordinance requires all sellers and servers of alcoholic beverages at retail establishments in Vista to complete a Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) certified four-hour course every two years. The course teaches employees how to identify and refuse service to inebriated customers, spot false ID’s, and recognize under-age drinkers. The course also teaches licensees about ABC laws and policies.
Why was the Ordinance Adopted?
Driving while under the influence of alcohol is a serious threat to public safety. In 2006, 1,597 people were killed in alcohol related accidents in California, up from 1,574 in 2005. Of those 1,597 deaths in 2006, 155 occurred in San Diego County. Furthermore, statistics have shown that young people under the age of 21 have a higher rate of drunken driving fatalities than the general adult population.
The purpose of the ordinance is to reduce alcohol related accidents and under-age drinking in Vista to keep the community a safe place for residents and visitors.
Where is training offered?
Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs (LEAD) Training is currently offered by Alcoholic Beverage Control at the City of Vista, City of Encinitas, City of San Marcos, and City of Solana Beach. Future training locations, dates and times will be provided when scheduled.
The ordinance requires all existing employees who sell or serve alcohol to be trained no later than June 9, 2010. New employees must be trained within 90 days of employment.
* Attendees are requested to bring a copy of their ABC license to the training class
2013 Training Dates
The following training is offered at Vista City Hall, 200 Civic Center Drive, Vista. (Morris B. Vance Community Room) Visitor parking lot off Alta Vista Drive and Civic Center Drive.
To RSVP to the dates below contact Debbie Obregon at 760-631-5000 x7174. Trainer: Ken Clark. (Please bring a pen and copy of the alcoholic beverage license for attendance roster information only).
- June 11:11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- July 10:11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- August 22:11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- September 24:11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- October 16:11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- November 12:11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- December 11:11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The following training is offered at the Encinitas Community Center, 1140 Oakcrest Park Dr., Encinitas, CA 92024.
RSVP contact Barbara Gordon at 858-354-3800.
- None at this time
San Marcos Location
The following training sessions are offered at San Marcos City Hall, 1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos. (Valley of Discovery Room.
To RSVP, please call Celeste Young at (858) 391-9303, ext. 203. Trainer: Ken Clark. (Please bring a pen and a copy of the alcoholic beverage license for attendance roster information only)
- June 12: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- July 9: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- August 21: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- September 10: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- October 17: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- November 19: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
- December 12: 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Solana Beach Location
The following training is offered at the City of Solana Beach, 635 South Highway 101, Solana Beach, CA 92075. RSVP contact Barbara Gordon at 858-354-3800.
- None at this time
About LEAD Training
The LEAD training course provides practical information on how licensees and their employees can sell and serve alcoholic beverages safely, responsibly, and legally. Upon completion of the course, each attendee will receive a certification card from ABC that is valid for two years from the date of course completion. After the two year certification expires, a refresher course is required.
LEAD training is provided by ABC at no cost to the licensee or employee.