Responsible Beverage Sales and Service Ordinance

What is a Responsible Beverage Sales and Service Ordinance?

The City of Vista adopted a Responsible Beverage Sales and Service (RBSS) ordinance in November 2009. The ordinance requires all sellers and servers of alcoholic beverages at retail establishments in Vista to complete a Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) certified four-hour course every two years.  The course teaches employees how to identify and refuse service to inebriated customers, spot false ID’s, and recognize under-age drinkers. The course also teaches licensees about ABC laws and policies.

Why was the Ordinance Adopted?

Driving while under the influence of alcohol is a serious threat to public safety.  In 2006, 1,597 people were killed in alcohol related accidents in California, up from 1,574 in 2005.  Of those 1,597 deaths in 2006, 155 occurred in San Diego County.  Furthermore, statistics have shown that young people under the age of 21 have a higher rate of drunken driving fatalities than the general adult population. The purpose of the ordinance is to reduce alcohol related accidents and under-age drinking in Vista to keep the community a safe place for residents and visitors.

Responsible Beverage Sales and Service Ordinance

Where is training offered?

Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs (LEAD) Training is currently offered by Alcoholic Beverage Control at the City of Vista, City of San Marcos, and in San Diego County.

Important Deadline

New employees must be trained within 90 days of employment.

* Attendees are requested to bring a copy of their ABC license to the training class

2015 Training Dates


The following training is offered at Vista City Hall, 200 Civic Center Drive, Vista. (Morris B. Vance Community Room) from 11 am to 3 pm. Visitor parking lot off Alta Vista Drive and Civic Center Drive. Register through ABC online at: ABC LEAD Registration. Registered participants need to check-in at class before 11 am. At 11 am, walk-ins will be allowed to take spots in classroom.

Trainer: Ken Clark. Please bring a pen and copy of the alcoholic beverage license for attendance roster information only. For assistance, please contact Debbie Obregon at 760-631-5000 ext. 7174. (Class size limit: 75)

  • January 20
  • February 18
  • March 9
  • April 13
  • May 20
  • June 17
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  • October 27
  • November 17


The following training sessions are offered at San Marcos City Hall, 1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos from 11 am to 3 pm in the (Valley of Discovery Room). Register through ABC online at ABC LEAD Registration. Trainer: Ken Clark. Please bring a pen and copy of the alcoholic beverage license for attendance roster information only. (Class size limit: 90)

  • January 22
  • February 19
  • March 10
  • April 14
  • May 21
  • June 18
  • July 21
  • September 22
  • November 18
  • December 9

Department of ABC LEAD
LEAD Programs

About LEAD Training

The LEAD training course provides practical information on how licensees and their employees can sell and serve alcoholic beverages safely, responsibly, and legally.  Upon completion of the course, each attendee will receive a certification card from ABC that is valid for two years from the date of course completion.  After the two year certification expires, a refresher course is required. 

LEAD training is provided by ABC at no cost to the licensee or employee.

For more information:

Contact Cheryl Mast ( or call 760.643.5206.