Judge backs liquor at Barona Band casino

An administrative law judge says the Barona Band of Mission Indians should be allowed to serve liquor at its casino.

Opponents blamed the Barona Valley Ranch Resort and Casino for a rise in drunken-driving accidents and violent crime. But the judge says there was proof that the sale of alcohol at the casino contributed to the accidents.

The tribe has been serving at the casino under a temporary license. The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control has yet to make a final decision.

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Judge sides with Barona tribe over selling alcohol at casino (The San Diego Union-Tribune 10/11)