Winning Formula? Letter submitted by reader…April 26, 2010 No Comments
In response to the Beach & Bay Press April 15 article, “Winning Formula”: It may be a winning formula for the bar owner, but it is a losing formula for the community. We don’t need any more establishments catering to the excessive drinking crowd. Pacific Beach has 15 licensed bars plus dozens of licensed restaurants that are acting like bars, facilitating and encouraging the late night drinking scene.
Some of these businesses do “give back” to the community a minuscule fraction of their profits. But, they also give back to the community 600 DUIs a year, and a business district census tract with alcohol-related crime that is 19 times the city average and general crime that is among the worst in the city. Residents of other communities, like North Park, have recently felt the negative impacts of an influx of drinking establishments and have organized against allowing more of the same.
Unfortunately, the hard truth is that the state ABC is making the decisions, and it makes money through granting liquor licenses and it has no rules against restaurants acting like bars. Other cities, like Ventura, have found the only way to get local control is a through a conditional use permit for businesses that sell alcohol. It is a win-win solution for both residents and responsible businesses.
Perhaps fed-up citizens in Pacific Beach and North Park should join forces to fight for this proven solution.
(pbSpirits.com visitor who submitted this letter requested anonymity)Alcohol Culture in PB, Alcoholic Bev Ctl (ABC), Business District, Crime and Safety