From the California website:

ABC Receives Award as “Law Enforcement Agency of the Year”
Neighborhood Market Association also Honors the ABC Director

The California ABC has been named “Law Enforcement Agency of the Year” by the Neighborhood Market Association, a coalition of over 2000 small businesses located in California, Nevada and Arizona. The Association also recognized ABC Director Steve Hardy as the “Law Enforcement Agent of the Year.”

The Neighborhood Market Association (NMA) presented the awards to Director Hardy on Friday, January 22, 2010 because of efforts by the ABC staff and Hardy’s individual efforts to assist small businesses in California. […]

The award was given at the NMA banquet at the Town and Country Hotel in Mission Valley (San Diego). A video that included an interview with Director Hardy was shown. This year’s banquet theme was “We Are the World: Serving the Communities We 9

Wait, what? They had a party? And didn’t invite us? Was it something we said?

Recently we alerted you to the concerns raised by the California ABC, now the proud winners of “Law Enforcement Agency Of The Year” by small businesses not just in California, but also in Arizona and Nevada.

DNA Lounge owner and SF small business owner Jamie Zawinski, whose venue has been a recent focal point for closure, writes that he will now “have to stop referring to them as prohibitionist homophobes and start referring to them as award-winning prohibitionist homophobes.”

Well, San Francisco bloggers, venue owners, party goers, music lovers, tech party junkies, artists and small business owners – do you agree with this award? Or do you remain concerned enough about ABC crackdowns on your favorite venues need to tweet, blog, bitch, and call the mayor?

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