The city of Fresno’s recent rocky past with alcohol includes the Swearengin administration’s fight to cut through red tape for nightclubs, including the since-closed Twist. A barely noticed item on a recent City Council agenda — accepting a $100,000 state grant to help fund a special-duty officer who is both an investigator of alcohol-related crime and roving ambassador for alcohol education — bring the city’s alcohol-related issues to the forefront again.
The city of Fresno’s recent rocky past with alcohol includes the Swearengin administration’s fight to cut through red tape for nightclubs, including the since-closed Twist. A barely noticed item on a recent City Council agenda — accepting a $100,000 state grant to help fund a special-duty officer who is both an investigator of alcohol-related crime and roving ambassador for alcohol education — bring the city’s alcohol-related issues to the forefront again. Fresno Bee file photo
The city of Fresno’s recent rocky past with alcohol includes the Swearengin administration’s fight to cut through red tape for nightclubs, including the since-closed Twist. A barely noticed item on a recent City Council agenda — accepting a $100,000 state grant to help fund a special-duty officer who is both an investigator of alcohol-related crime and roving ambassador for alcohol education — bring the city’s alcohol-related issues to the forefront again. Fresno Bee file photo
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Booze and Fresno: City dances around how to control bars, alcohol

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George Hostetter, a Fresno Bee reporter since 1987, knows Fresno and the trappings of its government from the top of his hat to the tip of his shoes, which he wore out with round trips between the office and City Hall. George retired from The Bee in October 2015. Twitter: @georgehostetter.