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OLCC sets hearing for Stars Cabaret liquor license

State agency wants to end Beaverton strip club's alcohol sales after a 13-year-old worked as a prostitute

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission's push to strip away the liquor license from Beaverton strip club Stars Cabaret & Steak House is inching forward.

An administrative law judge will consider OLCC’s proposal during a hearing set for 9 a.m. on Feb. 10 at the Office of Administrative Hearings in Tualatin. The hearing, which is closed to the public, is scheduled to continue into Feb. 11, according to OLCC spokeswoman Christie Scott.

OLCC launched the cancellation proceedings in June after alleging seven violations against Stars Cabaret, all of them related to a 13-year-old girl who was involved in prostitution and other illegal activities that occurred over time at the Southwest Lombard Avenue club. The criminal prosecution sent a former manager and another man to prison for their roles in the case.

After the OLCC’s licensing action, Stars owner Randy Kaiser responded by email to a request for comment:

“We welcome this opportunity to finally reveal the true story relating to these horrific allegations. We predict, in the end, that this will be an awakening about our beloved justice system.”

The administrative law judge may take several weeks following the hearing to issue a proposed decision, which would then go to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission for a final order. Scott said the Commission regularly tweaks the language coming out of such hearings, but only twice in the past eight years has it reversed those proposals.

The city of Beaverton did not oppose Stars Cabaret’s most recent renewal because it already forged a unique agreement with the club’s owners, instituting a long list of additional requirements the business must undertake to satisfy city officials that it is taking strong steps to prevent child exploitation. That unusual agreement remains in effect and Stars has complied with its requirements, said Maja Haium, the assistant city attorney who helped forge the pact with Stars.