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Senior citizens in Escondido beat back liquor-license application…for now

Escondido is considered a “moratorium city” by the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the agency responsible for issuing new liquor licenses. Since 2011, a five-year plug has been placed on the issuance of any new liquor licenses in Escondido. Nevertheless, that hasn’t stopped businesses from applying for them.

The owners of the AM/PM Arco station on the southwest corner of Mission and North Broadway applied for an off-site liquor sales license transfer on January 10, 2014.

Because Escondido is a moratorium city, the gas-station owner-operators (Aaron Brown, Harry Brown, and Lawrence Kouric) attempted to buy the existing license of a now-defunct restaurant in the Lake Wohlford area of Escondido.

Technically, the applied-for license is not considered new — which circumvents state law — it would have been a legal transfer.

On October 15 of last year, after a nine-month-long investigation, the ABC denied the application.

Thirteen citizens submitted letters of protest to the ABC during a 30-day open-comment period in early 2014. Escondido chief of police Craig Carter, a 21-year department veteran, wrote a personal appeal to the ABC not to issue the license.

The investigation found 16 liquor licensees located within 1000 feet of the AM/PM Arco station, including two other gas stations with convenience stores and four major grocery stores, when the maximum number of licenses is supposed to be 3 (based on the population of the 2010 U. S. census).

Nevertheless, the gas station owners/applicants recently appealed the ABC decision to deny the transfer of the liquor license. On February 9, an appeals hearing was announced for April 22 (at 9:30 a.m.) at the ABC's district office, located at 570 Rancheros Drive (suite #240) in San Marcos.

Disclaimer: The author is one of the thirteen residents who submitted protests to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Nine of the thirteen protesters have addresses at Casa Escondida, a privately owned senior-citizen complex with over 500 residents, many of whom are confined to wheelchairs or are visually impaired. The residence home sits within 250 feet to the south of the AM/PM gas station, on the same side of the street.

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Escondido is considered a “moratorium city” by the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, the agency responsible for issuing new liquor licenses. Since 2011, a five-year plug has been placed on the issuance of any new liquor licenses in Escondido. Nevertheless, that hasn’t stopped businesses from applying for them.

The owners of the AM/PM Arco station on the southwest corner of Mission and North Broadway applied for an off-site liquor sales license transfer on January 10, 2014.

Because Escondido is a moratorium city, the gas-station owner-operators (Aaron Brown, Harry Brown, and Lawrence Kouric) attempted to buy the existing license of a now-defunct restaurant in the Lake Wohlford area of Escondido.

Technically, the applied-for license is not considered new — which circumvents state law — it would have been a legal transfer.

On October 15 of last year, after a nine-month-long investigation, the ABC denied the application.

Thirteen citizens submitted letters of protest to the ABC during a 30-day open-comment period in early 2014. Escondido chief of police Craig Carter, a 21-year department veteran, wrote a personal appeal to the ABC not to issue the license.

The investigation found 16 liquor licensees located within 1000 feet of the AM/PM Arco station, including two other gas stations with convenience stores and four major grocery stores, when the maximum number of licenses is supposed to be 3 (based on the population of the 2010 U. S. census).

Nevertheless, the gas station owners/applicants recently appealed the ABC decision to deny the transfer of the liquor license. On February 9, an appeals hearing was announced for April 22 (at 9:30 a.m.) at the ABC's district office, located at 570 Rancheros Drive (suite #240) in San Marcos.

Disclaimer: The author is one of the thirteen residents who submitted protests to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Nine of the thirteen protesters have addresses at Casa Escondida, a privately owned senior-citizen complex with over 500 residents, many of whom are confined to wheelchairs or are visually impaired. The residence home sits within 250 feet to the south of the AM/PM gas station, on the same side of the street.

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Police departments should charge business and apartment owners for call for service over a set number of calls. Many businesses and certain apartment buildings are a magnet for problems. The City (any city) should do everything they can do to close down any business that attracts trouble like motels, liquor stores, slum apartments, bars, etc. If you review calls for service you will see a pattern showing that the PD is called to the same places over and over again. It is time that those who cause the most trouble pay the most.

Feb. 22, 2015

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