BY JAN SEARS
STAFF WRITER
jsears@pe.com

Published: 02 December 2011 10:59 AM

A fatal shooting outside Charlie Jewell’s in downtown Redlands prompted the city manager to write a letter chastising the bar owner and ask the City Council to consider regulations that would hold businesses accountable for the bad behavior of their customers.

“Violence, fistfights and drunken behavior are not in keeping with the character of our city nor is this the image we wish to depict to residents or visitors,” City Manager N. Enrique Martinez wrote in a Nov. 30 letter to Michael Phillips, Charlie Jewell’s owner.

Phillips could not be reached for comment Friday.

The City Council on Tuesday will discuss regulations that could make business owners more responsible for their customers’ behavior and ensure that they comply with city rules. The council is being asked to tell the staff whether they want to consider adopting such rules, which could include charging businesses if they have an abnormally high number of calls to police and firefighters.

The shooting occurred Nov. 19, after several fights inside the bar spilled out onto the sidewalk at Orange and State streets. A police surveillance camera recorded the scene as Kruze Kuaea, 22, punched a man and then was fatally shot by a third person. Two others were wounded in the shooting.

On Nov. 24, police arrested Randy Ortis, 22, in an unincorporated area of San Bernardino’s Del Rosa neighborhood. He is being held for investigation of murder.

Martinez raised the issue Thursday evening during a town hall meeting that drew a small group of residents to the Redlands Community Center. He said he was concerned that one of the city’s few homicides this year occurred outside a drinking establishment in the heart of downtown.

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