Pendleton landlord wants earlier bar-close time

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PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) -- An Eastern Oregon city councilman and bar-district landlord says he's frustrated by late-night noise and wants to mandate an earlier time for last call.

The East Oregonian reports (http://bit.ly/mXqZqY ) Pendleton landlord Al Plute wants to change last call from 2:30 a.m. to midnight on weekends. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission is the only authority that can make such a change.

Plute says he doesn't want to appear prudish, but says the situation in downtown Pendleton has gotten out of control.

City police chief Stuart Roberts says the city devotes significant resources alcohol-related problems downtown.

Plute says bars may be over-serving their customers, but city officials are powerless: Only the liquor commission can penalize them, and Roberts says he doesn't often hear back from them when he complains.

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Information from: East Oregonian, http://www.eastoregonian.info