The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control on Thursday announced that it has indefinitely suspended the license for a bar in San Francisco’s Excelsior District that was the scene of a fatal shooting last year.
The suspension comes after a six-month investigation into illegal narcotics being sold at La Oficina Bar, located at 4234 Mission St., ABC officials said.
Investigators allege that the business knew about and permitted the sales and purchases of illegal narcotics. Additionally, investigators said the business was refilling bottles of liquor with alcohol purchased elsewhere and that the bar had owners who were not disclosed or approved by the department.
Under the terms of the indefinite suspension, La Oficina’s license has been ordered permanently revoked. The revocation, however, won’t go into effect for 180 days to allow the license to transfer to new owners who are deemed acceptable by ABC officials.
The bar’s license will remain suspended until the license is either transferred to new owners or permanently revoked.
La Oficina was the scene of a shooting that killed 30-year-old Alvaro Palma around 12:30 a.m. on May 28, 2017. Palma was found with multiple gunshot wounds and died at the scene, police said.
Officers arrested 44-year-old David Sanchez in connection with the shooting. Sanchez was arrested on suspicion of homicide, possession of narcotics for sale and possession of a controlled substance while armed, police said.
Sanchez, who remains in custody on $1 million bail, is scheduled to appear in court next on April 26, according to jail records.
In November, the city’s Entertainment Commission suspended La Oficina’s entertainment permit for 30 days at the request of Supervisor Ahsha Safai.
At the time, Safai said he asked the city’s Entertainment Commission to suspend the business’ permit in light of the deadly shooting and because “the bar has been cited for its violations of its Good Neighbor and Security Plans and, in general, mismanagement.”
The 30-day suspension by the Entertainment Commission is the maximum amount of time allowed for a suspension.
Calls to La Oficina Thursday afternoon went unanswered.
-Daniel Montes, Bay City News
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