November 29, 1986
The sordid little story of the J & G Tavern in South Philadelphia carries with it a larger lesson concerning the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. It is this: The argument that the LCB is needed to control bars that become outrageously disruptive influences in their neighborhoods is a false one. The J & G case shows that the LCB can't control them - even when it does everything it can. We'll spare readers a reiteration of the tawdry details, recounted by neighbors, of the conduct connected with this bar, and merely give a partial list of the actions that have been taken by the LCB. The board has cited the bar at least 14 times since 1983 for violations of state laws.
June 26, 1987 |
With a legal deadline looming, officials of the state Liquor Control Board yesterday released a letter sent to all businesses regulated by the agency informing them that they would be "dry" in July if the LCB goes out of existence Wednesday. LCB spokesman Robert Ford said officials hoped the legislature would enact a pending bill extending the life of the agency and the State Store system before the deadline. Even with that hope, LCB officials felt compelled to notify about 21,500 businesses of their legal status if the agency expires, Ford said.
March 31, 1989 |
Six months after a gloomy financial forecast forced a series of cost- cutting moves, the state Liquor Control Board has shown a turnaround in profits, according to figures released this week. The LCB, which controls the wholesale and retail sale of all wine and liquor in Pennsylvania, reported that net income for a recent accounting period was nearly $900,000 ahead of a similar period a year ago. For the four-week period that ended March 7, the LCB showed net income of $837,370.
January 7, 2013 |
GIVING IN-HOUSE brands it never should have created prime selling locations in stores - an unfair edge over competing private brands - is another way that the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board abuses its monopoly on wine and liquor sales. Documents obtained by the Trib via a state Right to Know Law request show the LCB's flagship in-house wine brand, TableLeaf, almost always gets the best sales positions on state-store floors and shelves. In 13 of TableLeaf's first 20 months on the market, it enjoyed one of the top five store spots for sales 17 times - more than any other brand.
December 10, 1991 |
From the Let's-Pat-Ourselves-on-the-Back Department, comes this: a report card on the state Liquor Control Board by, you guessed it, none other than the state Liquor Control Board. How did the student fare? You won't be surprised. "The results," says the report card's cover, "are impressive. " In what spokeswoman Donna Pinkham called a move to "clarify the misinformation that is out," the state-run liquor agency has drawn up a three-page brochure casting the LCB in rosy hues.
November 20, 1986 |
The state General Assembly remained deadlocked yesterday over the fate of the state Liquor Control Board, and Democratic Gov.-elect Robert P. Casey said he was not about to get in the middle. A bill that would extend the life of the LCB was passed, 158-40, by the Democrat-controlled House on Tuesday. But no action has been taken by the Senate, whose GOP leadership opposes an extension of the current system without changes. Leaders in the House and Senate reported late yesterday that there were no immediate prospects for a compromise on the future of the LCB, which could be forced to begin phasing out its operations in less than six weeks if no agreement is reached.
January 27, 1987 |
Gov. Casey said yesterday that he hoped a bipartisan compromise could end the dispute over the future of the state Liquor Control Board, which could be forced out of existence by June 30. Speaking at an impromptu news conference in the Capitol, Casey also said he would begin detailed work on a new state budget proposal this week. The governor, who took office last week, is scheduled to present a new budget package to the General Assembly on March 3. Casey said he was scheduled to begin a series of meetings today with Budget Secretary Michael M. Hershock.
November 28, 1986 |
Now that the Legislature has left town without resolving the fate of the Liquor Control Board, Gov. Thornburgh is going full speed ahead with his plan to divest. Opponents of Thornburgh's divestiture plan, including the union that represents state store clerks, predict the matter will end up in the courts with a legal battle over the constitutionality of the Sunset Review Act, the state law that allows the Legislature to terminate ineffective state agencies, boards and commissions.
July 15, 1992 |
It wasn't just the money or the E&D brandy Joe Brown wanted from the state liquor stores he robbed; he wanted revenge. Brown, 39, a construction worker, was denied a workman's compensation claim last year and was angry at the state. So, the prosecution said, Brown formed a robbery gang and targeted state stores. Yesterday, Brown, of Victoria Street near Elder, pleaded guilty to six of the 20 armed robberies he was accused of in exchange for an agreement with the district attorney to drop the other cases.
April 2, 1987 |
Without fanfare, Gov. Casey yesterday formally announced his plan to restructure the state Liquor Control Board. The key element in Casey's proposal is what it does not do: It leaves the much-criticized State Store system virtually unchanged. The changes Casey has proposed are relatively minor. His plan would replace the three-member, part-time LCB with a three-member, full-time Alcoholic Beverage Commission. And the enforcement of state liquor laws would be transferred from the LCB to the state police.