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Club Leon owners hear the music loud & clear

Nearby neighbors as well as other merchants don't like what's been going on in and around Club Leon at 220 W. Yosemite Avenue in downtown Manteca in terms of problems from fighting to public urinat...

HIME ROMERO/The Bulletin

POSTED June 17, 2009 3:37 a.m.
Surrounding business owners don’t appreciate the public intoxication, public urination, and the trash.

The Alcoholic Beverage Commission isn’t thrilled they’ve caught minors in the dance hall that has a full-service bar on more than one occasion.

And Manteca Police would like a lot more cooperation to reduce the calls for officers – many to break up fights and to handle assault complaints - that hit a city-high 40 during a 12-month period ending May 31.

No one is happy with the problems at Club Leon at 220 W. Yosemite Avenue in downtown Manteca including the new owner.

The City Council was posed to take up the appeal by owner Francisco Luis Acre of the police department’s decision to appeal the club’s dance permit Tuesday night until the San Jose businessman’s attorney spoke with City Attorney John Brinton.

On Brinton’s advice, the owner will be given 60 days to devise a plan that will reduce the problems in and around the club substantially. At that point, they will then decide whether to yank the dance permit or allow the new owners to continue to allow dancing.

The attorney noted he had worked for another client to clean up similar problems at a Latino dance hall in Stockton that was on that city’s Top 10 list as the worse spot for crime calls.

The police department denied the permit for a number of reasons including minors – as many as five at a time - being found repeatedly in the business that also has a bar.

Other reasons include:

•an incident where police responded to Food-4-Less on April 11 and found Club Leon employees trying to pass counterfeit money to purchase alcohol for the bar. It is a violation of the Alcoholic Beverage Control regulations to buy alcohol for a bar at a retailer like Food-4-Less.

•the doors being locked in violation of the fire code.

•The dance hall being over the legal capacity.

•a male patron who said he was assaulted by a club bouncer.

•fights including one where a female showed up at Kaiser Hospital saying she was the victim of a battery at the club.

•ABC agents also finding minors in the bar or more than one occasion.

•officers responding to a number of fights at the bar as well as in the business’s rear parking lot in the rear.

•the ABC has suspended the alcohol license twice in the last year for the previously listed violations.

•the case history for Club Leon is substantially higher than any other business in Manteca including establishments serving alcohol. The only difference between the other businesses and Club Leon is the fact it is a dance hall.

Bricker met on Aug. 1, 2008 with Club Leon manager Christina Aragon and her security personnel to discuss ongoing alcohol violations and violence issues in and around the business. They were told at the time continued problems would place their permits in jeopardy.
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