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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Did Councilman Reyes force LAPD to support additional Beer and Wine Licenses in Lincoln Heights?

CD 1 City Councilman Ed Reyes wading through increase beer and wine flow via 7 11 stores.
In the words of Councilman Ed Reyes, he needs to "give himself in" in regards to speculation that he "influence" LAPD brass at the Hollenbeck Division, to renege on their opposition to new beer and wine licenses for 7-11 stores within CD 1. More after the jump.
Press Release:

Residents Upset about Alcohol Variance will voice concerns at Appeals Hearing
Los Angeles, CA June 8, 2011

Over 1000 petitioners have requested that the 7-Eleven Corporation be denied two Los Angeles Planning Commission Variancesthat would all it to sell alcoholic beverages near sensitive use areas such as schools and parks.

On Wednesday June 8th , 2011 at 4:30 PM at the Ramona Hall, 4580 North Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, CA  90065 the East Los Angeles Area Planning Commission will hold a hearing to consider appeals to recent Zoning Administrator’s decision to allow the variance.

At a time when abuse of alcohol has been blamed for a tragic violent event at Dodger Stadium the LAPD has reversed its decision to be 100% against the variance.  Originally the LAPD was opposed to variance due to the high crime potential that could result from additional alcohol availability.

One location under consideration is the 7-Eleven Store located at the corner of Eastlake and Broadway, a designated LAPD Gang Injunction area for the notorious Gangs of Eastlake, Lincoln Heights and Clover.  At the time of its establishment 7-Eleven withdrew its application for a Beer and Wine License.  Then less than 9 months later, it insisted that they needed to add the alcohol products in order to meet corporate goals.  This despite the fact that the store continues to operate within 1000 feet of Lincoln High School, Gates Elementary School, Little Flower Pre-School and Convent, Kwan Ying Vietnamese Buddhist Temple, the Eastlake Youth Center a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center and the East Los Angeles Park.

The other is the store that will replace a 17 year old Donut Shop owned by Mr. Lee.  Mr. Lee is a Navy Veteran who recently was denied the courtesy of renewing his lease in order to be replaced by a 7-Eleven Franchisee.  Mr. Lee has never sold any alcohol products. To date no one from 7-Eleven has had the respect to talk to him and notify him of their plans.    As in the above stated store, 7-Eleven has withdrawn it request for a alcohol variance due to public pressure, but those in the know say that this is the same strategy that is being employed at the Eastlake and Broadway Store and eventually that the store will also seek alcohol license.  The store is located across the street from one of the City of Los Angeles â€™s largest city parks and adjacent to several other sensitive uses.  Included in the sensitive uses are El Arca that assists special needs clients, The LAUSD East Los Angeles Skill Center, the CRI-Help Substance abuse center, Plaza de la Raza and the DMV.

For more information please contact:
Hugo Pacheco             323-528-7605
Jose Aguilar                323-359-6745

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Wow, Red, you're bottlecapping bright and early this morning!

June 08, 2011 9:59 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Oh, brother... here we go again. Red Spot, what is your problem with beer and wine? You've never explained it. You just act like it's so bad, but never tell us why!

June 08, 2011 11:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Red Spot, what does 7-11 selling beer and wine have to do with a pre-school one block over or a Buddhist temple across the street? I'm so confused!

June 08, 2011 11:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

"This despite the fact that the store continues to operate within 1000 feet of Lincoln High School, Gates Elementary School, Little Flower Pre-School and Convent, Kwan Ying Vietnamese Buddhist Temple, the Eastlake Youth Center a drug and alcohol rehabilitation center and the East Los Angeles Park."

Red Spot, I live in a CD1 gang injunction neighborhood near a 7-11 that sells beer (including several good-quality imports) and--you guessed it--operates across the street from a Buddhist temple. Kids frequent the 7-11. Moms, dads with babies in strollers. Kids walk by every day after school, etc., etc., and I've never witnessed or heard of a problem stemming from all of this. It's called the Big City. Believe me, everything will be fine.

June 08, 2011 12:29 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well, it is NOT fine. All that
7-11 in Highland Park sells is liquor. It is totally disgusting. This is not what we want in our community is alcohol sales.

June 08, 2011 2:23 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:23 p.m.

NOT true... that also where I GET my lottery tickets, using the money from my welfare check.

You gotta PROBLEM with that?

June 08, 2011 2:47 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

2:23, I've lived one block away for nearly a decade. What, exactly, is disgusting? Specifics, please.

June 08, 2011 2:52 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Ed Reyes already controls the dumb city planners who issue these dumb findings that allow wine & liquor to be disbursed in areas they should not. Remove this fool from PLUM & Logrande from Planning & things may change for the better.

June 08, 2011 3:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

What is disgusting is that people have bad habits of drinking instead of buying food for their kids. And, having a 7-ll or liquor store (same thing) creates more avenues for bad behaviour.

And, Food 4 Less is really bad too. Before their 10:00 PM deadline for buying alcolhol they start announcing it on their PA System for customers to hurry up and buy it before 10:00PM. And, they make the announcements every 5 minutes up to the deadline.

We do not need more 7-11's or liquor stores on North Figueroa or on Broadway either.

Councilmember Ed Reyes only cares about revenues and not about qualify of life.

June 08, 2011 5:31 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

5:31, I also live near the Highland Park 7-11. They sell beer, not liquor. To say our community doesn't want beer sales at 7-11 is false. I live in the community and I appreciate being able to pick up beer at 7-11. The Broadway 7-11 is miles away and has nothing to do with Highland Park. What community are you talking about, exactly?

June 09, 2011 6:33 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

OMG the stupidity of some posters. Its a known fact that alcohol contributes to CRIME. The people posting are out right lying. That area has the gangsters going to the stores buying up as much as they can. They probably use their gov't cards because the managers at those stores could careless. You see guys drinking in front of those stores all the time. Why is it that there are more alcohol licenses in the minority communities then anywhere else in the city? The alcohol companies prey on the stupidity of the councilman Reyes and failure to be responsible rep for the people. Someone should investigate how much money Ed Reyes received from these companies.

June 09, 2011 7:34 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

7:34 AM, What the HELL are you talking about?

Gangsters going to the stores buying up as much as they can? Guys drinking in front of those stores all the time?

I don't know what "stores" you're talking about, but I'm talking about 7-11 in Highland Park. I'm there all the time and there are no gangsters drinking in front of the store. I feel perfectly safe stopping in to get cash and a six-pack. Please stop the Chicken Little routine. You sound like a complete loon.

June 09, 2011 8:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Well I guess 7:34 must be blind. There are gangsters there at the
7-11 all the time. And, beer is sold there day and night.

Alcohol drinking brings crime. Glad Ed Reyes is termed out of office. Just around 2 years with putting up with crap like allowing more liquor stores.

June 09, 2011 8:20 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I have seen many times people get money out of their food stamp card and then purchase beer and cigarettes with the money.

There is no shame anymore. Shame, shame, shame. And, more shame on Ed Reyes for bringing more liquor stores into our area.

June 09, 2011 8:23 AM  

Anonymous Chicken Little said:

The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Bald-headed Latino males are drinking beer in front of 7-11! Shame on you, Ed Reyes! OMG! Shame on you!

June 09, 2011 9:26 PM  

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