With 13 locations selling alcohol and a BevMo three miles away in Redwood City, there was no demonstrated need for BevMo. However, the commission voted 4-3 favoring the permit. I was stunned to see 1,500 residents who mailed in postcards opposing the permit ignored by city officials.
Furthermore, the commission seemed unaware or unwilling to address the current labor woes of BevMo, which aired Aug. 13 when Channel 7 news reported BevMo management had demoted 163 full-time employees without notice to part-time status, an action BevMo's management described as a way "to weather the economic storm."
Menlo Park is a charming community with a unique hometown atmosphere. I feel that BevMo's harsh labor practices, combined with its low-end strip mall theme and mega chain store sales mentality, will surely harm our community.
Again, why do we need BevMo? One thing does seem clear. BevMo is not likely to bring any full-time benefited jobs to Menlo Park.
I urge concerned residents to contact the City Council. Tell them: Just say no to BevMo!
Barbara Rosasco, Hillview Drive, Menlo Park