CITY HALL -- A proposed ordinance amendment under consideration by the
City Council would give Glendale more control over the sale and
consumption of alcoholic beverages and where new establishments spring
That’s what city officials on Thursday told a small gathering of
restaurant, night club and liquor store owners.
The proposed amendment would require a conditional-use permit for any
new establishment, for the sale of packaged liquor except at
supermarkets, and would establish a permit process for drinking alcohol
in the downtown area.
“Without a CUP, we have no local control over important land-use
issues,” Assistant Planning Director Jim Glaser said, referring to
residential areas, parking, operating hours and new zoning code
Under the proposed ordinance, liquor stores could open in commercial
and industrial zones with a permit.
But existing establishments would not be affected by the ordinance,
unless they expand.
“I don’t see a need for it at the moment,” said Leslyn Ray, president
of the Downtown Glendale Merchants Assn. “Are we doing it because other
cities are doing it?”
Presently, the city requires a conditional-use permit to serve alcohol
in commercial zones, except within the downtown area, which has the
highest concentration of the city’s 340 Alcoholic Beverage Control
“There’s no particular [crime] problem in Glendale, that hasn’t been
the case,” Glaser told the gathering. “But there are symptoms.”
One attendee, Realtor Greg Astorian, asked how the amended ordinance
would help alleviate crime if it doesn’t affect existing businesses.
“It might not address existing businesses as much as we would like,
but it’s a start,” Police Chief Russell Siverling said. “In the best of
all worlds, we would be imposing this on all businesses.”
With the exception of service stations, the city does not have any
zoning requirements for places where alcoholic beverages are sold rather
“There’s too much competition. The big guys are killing the little
guys,” said Joseph Meidaa, who owns Ace Liquors at 1740 Victory Blvd. “I
think the city should have control over new licenses.”
Thursday’s workshop will be followed by public hearings Feb. 11 before
the planning commission and March 19 before the City Council.
The council could then decide to introduce the ordinance.