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without a BAR – Bureau of Automotive Repair – license, City Manager Tammy Alcantor said, with the license having been revoked for multiple violations.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His state license was revoked in 2014 but never reported to the city by the owner.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.