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Tonight: Council weighs Walgreens alcohol appeal

 

Beer and wine are on the menu for the next meeting of Menlo Park's City Council. Walgreens has appealed the Planning Commission's 4-3 denial of a permit to sell beer and wine at its Santa Cruz Avenue store.

Daniel Beltramo of Beltramo's Fine Wines and Spirits submitted the single letter opposing the appeal, arguing that Menlo Park already has more than its quota of alcohol outlets.

Meanwhile, Walgreens representatives contend that the zoning along downtown Santa Cruz Avenue allows alcohol sales without creating exceptions based on business type, and that there's no empirical evidence supporting opposition statements that the sales would be detrimental to community welfare.

The council will also receive an update on negotiations with employee unions, and select a recruitment firm to find a replacement for now-Interim City Manager Glen Rojas.

The meeting starts on Tuesday, Aug. 23, at 7 p.m. in the council chambers in the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St.

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Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Aug 23, 2011 at 4:18 pm

"Daniel Beltramo of Beltramo's Fine Wines and Spirits submitted the single letter opposing the appeal, arguing that Menlo Park already has more than its quota of alcohol outlets."

This speaks for itself. If the Menlo Park City Council cares about regular citizens, which I doubt, they will ignore and reject the complaints of an established merchant about a new store.

Competition is supposed to be the American way of business, but sadly we are tying everything up in red tape and politics these days.


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Posted by Joanna
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Aug 23, 2011 at 4:55 pm

Competition is the American way.


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Posted by PALMER
a resident of another community
on Aug 23, 2011 at 5:02 pm

You're all aging closet drinkers.


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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 23, 2011 at 5:31 pm

whoda thunk? Beltramos against someone else in town being able to sell alcohol? The sad thing is that Beltramos doesn't sell the cheap crap Walgreens will be selling so they really aren't competition.


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