Main Street Auto Shop Shut Down By Coun­cil

Escalon Times - - FRONT PAGE - By MARG JACKSON mjack­son@escalon­times.com

Ac­tion at the Escalon City Coun­cil meet­ing on Tues­day, Sept. 5 saw the re­vo­ca­tion of a city busi­ness li­cense for a Main Street auto shop.

All City Au­to­mo­tive #2 on Main Street had been op­er­at­ing with­out a BAR – Bu­reau of Au­to­mo­tive Re­pair – li­cense, City Man­ager Tammy Al­can­tor said, with the li­cense hav­ing been re­voked for mul­ti­ple vi­o­la­tions.

“Staff can’t re­voke busi­ness li­censes, it has to be done by the coun­cil,” Al­can­tor said of the rec­om­men­da­tion go­ing to the coun­cil for the re­vo­ca­tion.

Al­can­tor noted in her staff re­port that, among the rea­sons for the BAR re­vok­ing the re­pair shop’s li­cense were “doc­u­ment­ing mis­lead­ing in­for­ma­tion on smog tests, charg­ing for re­pairs that were not done, and par­tic­i­pat­ing in a scheme to use cus­tomers’

credit card in­for­ma­tion to cre­ate new cards and make pur­chases.”

Of­fi­cials said the owner, Phakdey Liv, should have no­ti­fied the city im­me­di­ately when the Bu­reau of Au­to­mo­tive Re­pair re­voked his li­cense but did not, and there­fore is in vi­o­la­tion of Escalon Mu­nic­i­pal Code 5.04.050.

All City is at 1910 Main, on the cor­ner of Main and Third. Liv had his li­cense re­voked pre­vi­ously by the BAR af­ter their in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the con­sumer com­plaints and the ac­tion by the coun­cil to re­voke his city li­cense ef­fec­tively shut down the busi­ness.

His state li­cense was re­voked in 2014 but never re­ported to the city by the owner.

“We in­cluded with the staff re­port a copy of what the BAR had filed against him,” Al­can­tor said.

In one case, she said, the BAR found that a cus­tomer was charged $600 for a fuel pump re­pair when no work was ever done.

Liv was no­ti­fied of the pend­ing ac­tion by the coun­cil, added Al­can­tor, but did not show up at the coun­cil meet­ing.

The coun­cil voted unan­i­mously to re­voke the city busi­ness li­cense.

There is an­other po­ten­tial busi­ness in­ter­ested in lo­cat­ing at the site, Al­can­tor said, but that is still in the works.

Of­fi­cially, the coun­cil re­voked the city li­cense for Liv be­cause of his “fail­ure to pos­sess a State of Cal­i­for­nia Auto Re­pair Li­cense” and op­er­at­ing in vi­o­la­tion of city mu­nic­i­pal codes.

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