BALDWIN PARK – In an effort to boost facility rentals at the newly renovated arts and recreation center on Pacific Avenue, the city is going to permit alcohol use there. The council voted unanimously Wednesday night to allow alcohol consumption at the center in hopes that the move will attract more rentals and bring in more revenue, officials said. “Most high-end receptions are visited by adults,” Councilman Anthony Bejarano said. “And most adults like beer and wine in that reception.” This is the first time the city is supporting alcohol use at any of its public facilities, Councilman Ricardo Pacheco said. “Staff feels very comfortable with this and feels we can administer this policy,” Carrillo said, adding that he will be diligent in ensuring minors are not consuming alcohol at these events. “We feel it should be a very safe atmosphere under the right conditions.” In addition to arts-related receptions and events, Bejarano said he hopes the new policy will encourage private citizens to rent out the facility’s banquet hall for private parties, like weddings and birthdays. “Over the last month, I’ve gotten about half a dozen calls from residents excited about the arts center inquiring about various family parties, but then they find out they are not able to serve beer and wine,” he said. “I feel that having a limited service of alcohol in the arts center only could actually be a good thing.” Pacheco said he still had some hesitations. “My concern is if it’s rented out, it could be some celebration or a party and people can become very rowdy,” he said. “They can end up drinking, get out of hand and there is not the right security on hand to make sure this doesn’t happen. I want to closely monitor this.” Bejarano said the new policy is a kind of a pilot program and will be evaluated in coming months. “If it becomes a problem we will immediately shut it down,” he said. In the meantime, Councilwoman Marlen Garcia said she wanted the city to consider raising the base rental fees for parties serving alcohol. She also wants to promote the new policy to other cities and organizations. “Hopefully, some of them will be interested in having events here,” she said. “We need to recoup some of the expenses of that building.” [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2109160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Per guidelines, alcohol use will be permitted at the discretion of Baldwin Park’s recreation and community services director, and under certain conditions. That includes a requirement professional security be on hand at any event where alcohol is being served, according to city policy. Guards will be paid for by the party hosting the event, said Manuel Carrillo, director of recreation and community services. The standard is similar to those used by several other San Gabriel Valley communities that allow alcohol consumption on city property. In La Verne, officials allow alcohol to be served at events in the city’s community center and veterans hall, provided renters hire security and meet insurance requirements, its city manager, Martin Lomeli, said. The same conditions are true in Azusa, Covina, Diamond Bar and Montebello, officials said.