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Rocks' License Pulled for 30 Days

Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control cites repeated calls for service as the main reason

Popular bar and nightclub has had its liquor license suspended for the entire month of June, according to investigators with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control or ABC.

The suspension is the result of repeated calls for service to the bar, including the incident last December where patrons rioted after police arrested a patron for punching a bouncer.

"If the place is a draw on public service, where there is a large number of calls to police, this kind of action can be done," said Tony Carrancho, supervising investigator at ABC's Santa Rosa office.

The December 13 incident began when police responded to call about a patron who was climbing on sound equipment and punched a bouncer. According to reports, the bouncer took out a Taser and fired into the crowd, agitating some patrons.

But when officers tried to take the suspect into custody, more people came out of the bar and began to move toward the officers, forcing police to call for backup. As many 20 officers responded to the call that night, including officers from the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office, California Highway Patrol and the Cotati Police Department.

The incident prompted discussion about the number of bars downtown as wel as reinstating an Alcohol Control Enforcement Officer who would work with bars to make sure bartenders and other employees were fully trained and could spot problems before they escalated.

Also in late November, several fights broke out at the club and last year there were more than 50 calls for service to The Rocks, including for a stabbing and a robbery, according to police. 

K dog June 08, 2011 at 08:07 PM
I agree to All of the above! But I must say, to many drunks that come to this bar aren't even from Petaluma and cause us to have a bad name! A lot come from the formerly known as "Infusions". It hasn't changed. But I hope the best for them as I'm all about supporting small business's. I think new up and coming bands playing would be great! But I think they have already tried this with all failed attempts and gone back to their money maker as being a gang type bar at night. Only way to pay the rent! So maybe all the small bands could join together and create something amazing! but its all about sticking together! Working against each other will not resolve anything! Build as a team and make infusions a success so many others can succeed as well! Keep it Clean! Keep it local! Ask for help! We are all here to support our small town!
Samuel Jones June 09, 2011 at 12:42 AM
I am in support of The Rocks.. My name is Sam and I was hired on in April by The Rocks, to come in and be the booking director for Thursday nights. So far I've booked bands like Ribas on the Rocks (from Brazil) Our Vinyl Vows, Crazy Famous, The Real Nasty, Tyler Allen, and Marshall House Project. And I am only getting more and more requests by the day, all amazingly talented bands. This venue is providing the community an opportunity to promote local music and artists. My goal as a production company (3rd Element Productions) is to book only serious bands who have good work ethics and solid characters. This will and does contribute to the type of crowd that comes out to support the musicians. Indeed it is unfortunate to have bar fights. But I can ensure you that The Rocks has made major changes, starting with hiring on an entirely new security agency that has provided service at every show. These changes and transitions taking place, will reinforce the idea of being a safe, enjoyable venue to come out and relax at with friends. If you really want to see the community grow, we must act as a team. We are only as strong as our weakest link. The Rocks has potential, and I am up for the challenge. I extend an invitation to the public, come out and support local music, Thursday nights. July 7th: Motogruv w/Crashlanding, July 14th: The Coast Pilots flying in with Hadley Hill w/a potential special guest from the city.. We appreciate all of you for supporting local music!
Karina Ioffee June 09, 2011 at 03:50 AM
Thanks for your comment Samuel. Could you ask the owners to contact me? I tried reaching out to them several months ago and never heard back. I would be curious to hear from them what kind of changes they have in store. Thanks!
Ptown June 09, 2011 at 07:04 AM
Karina, so before writing this current story, the last time you reached out to the owners was several months ago? I enjoy your insights, but that just sounds wrong,
Karina Ioffee June 09, 2011 at 03:14 PM
I do not have their number and they are not listed in the phone book, not that I could find (I no longer have the number I called and left a message on when story hit originally). But I will continue to try to find their contact, which sometimes takes a while, and which I did not have time for when trying to get the story out in a timely manner. There will definitely be a follow up once I reach them bc I think it's important to give the owners a chance to represent their side of things. thanks

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