Rumor: San Francisco mayor urges bars not to serve alcohol during Super Bowl

City officials taking measures to avoid repeat of violent celebration following World Series victory by Giants

CONFIRMED: Mayor Ed Lee suggests bars avoid heavy alcohol

In preparation of a possible celebration of the 49ers' sixth Super Bowl championship on Feb. 3, Lee and other city officials are making plans to ensure the revelry is toned down, UPI, CBS News and other news affiliates reported. After the Giants won their second World Series title in three years in October, 36 people were arrested after rioting included bonfires, broken windows and setting a $700,000 municipal bus on fire. (Read more about the destruction here.)

City Hall spokeswoman Christine Falvey emphasized that no alcohol ban would be in effect on Feb. 3.

"(Lee) is just suggesting that business owners serve responsibly, and most businesses do," Falvey said.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, Lee plans to stay home to oversee the city's postgame response rather than attend the Super Bowl in San Francisco. Lee and police chief Greg Suhr will tour neighborhoods hardest hit by violence after the World Series and during Occupy Wall Street protests last year.

Riot 'heroes' commended

Earlier this month, 17 civilians and first responders were awarded for acts of bravery during the melee in Vancouver, B.C., following the Canucks' Game 7 loss to the Boston Bruins in the 2011 Stanley Cup Finals.

Among those honored were a police officer who was hit in the head by a brick and two men who provided backup to a policeman helping a stabbing victim. Police have recommended charges against a total of 315 suspected rioters. (Click here for more on the commendations.)

 

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