READER’S EDITORIAL: IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO STOP THE 7-ELEVEN LIQUOR LICENSE

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By Tom Myers

December 17, 2012 (Alpine)--Are you opposed to 7-Eleven selling beer, wine and spirits in the heart of Alpine? Do you think three liquor stores within walking distance of each other are too many? You can do something about it!

On December 3 the applicant, 7-Eleven, Inc., posted the required ABC notice on the fence at the corner of West Victoria and Alpine Blvd. This started the 30-day public comment period for transferring the liquor license from the Ranch Market to the proposed 7-Eleven at this new location. We believe moving this license will cause an undue concentration of licenses in the center of Alpine by clustering three off-sale license establishments within 600 feet of each other.

Studies show that an increase in density of alcohol outlets will increase crime and vandalism in the neighborhood. The site is adjacent to many church and youth activities as well as the historic Town Hall and several downtown businesses. Any or all of these community activities can be negatively impacted by drunk and disorderly people. Business owners in the area often report littering, loitering, vagrancy, vomiting and defecation on their premises from customers of the two existing liquor stores. This public nuisance is in opposition to the morals and public welfare of our community.

We believe the citizens and youth of Alpine should not be subjected to the inappropriate behavior or potential physical or verbal abuse that often results from public consumption of alcohol. You know that this does happen now and will get worse with the increased availability of alcohol.

Anyone can file a protest, but it needs to be in the ABC office by January 2, 2013.

To file a protest, complete the protest form on line or download it from this website: http://www.abc.ca.gov/FORMS/ABC510A.pdf

For information regarding ABC license applications and protests, go to this website:

http://www.abc.ca.gov/forms/abc510.pdf

You can also pick up these documents at:

Alpine Community Church Office, 2225 W. Victoria Drive

Chic Boutique, 2175 Arnold Way