By Mary Allen
A crowd of Echo Park and Elysian Heights residents attended a neighborhood council meeting Tuesday night to voice their opinions on permitting Fix Coffee in Elysian Heights to serve beer and wine. In a 9-3 vote, the Board of Governors ultimately backed Fix’s beer and wine permit after the discussing and rejecting additional conditions, which ranged from prohibiting live entertainment entirely to limiting beer and wine sales to 7 p.m – 10 pm. The cafe’s beer and wine permit is still subject to an Oct. 5 public hearing.
Public comments and discussion took about an hour of the meeting of the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council, with community members weighing in on each side of the beer and wine permit. FIX owner, Marc Gallucci and Consultant Kioshi Graves described the intent of the expansion of service, hours, and space. “I am a big advocate of safety.” emphasized Gallucci in response to community concerns over liquor being sold in the primarily residential neighborhood.
Fix is applying for a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) from the City of Los Angeles, which will allow for the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) to issue an on-premises beer and wine license. In addition, Galluci is seeking to expand the building as well as increasing operating hours to allow for evening dinner service.
The neighborhood council’s Planning, Public Works, Park and Land Use Committee, among several recommended conditions, had previously stipulated that Saturday beer and wine sales commence one hour after any scheduled school event at Elysian Heights Elementary, which is located across the street from the cafe. The board and council’s conditions serve only as recommendations – they cannot be enforced. Only conditions imposed by the City of Los Angeles can be enforced.
Other items of interest:
Community member Cheryl Parisi supported the Board’s unanimous approval to oppose the issuance of a fee tree removal permit for planned development at 2400 Allessandro Street at Riverside Drive until certain conditions can be met, including “a bond or insurance for the demolition, upkeep or removal of an unfinished project…that becomes a blight in the neighborhood.”
Support for city-wide adoption of a new “Apron” parking policy passed unanimously.
Senior Lead Officer Ford, representing the Rampart Division (south of Sunset Boulevard) said that crime overall has continued to drop from previous years but warned residents that burglary from motor vehicles is the only crime that is up. “If you leave your purses and iPads in the car,” said Ford, you might as well “leave the car unlocked.”
Tip: Police are monitoring intersections in Angelino Heights; come to a full stop at stop signs!
Budget Items Approved
- $250 for food and refreshments at Meet and Greet event with LA Unified School Board Member Bennett Kayser and UTLA Leadership in October.
- $750 for GEPENC participation in Historic Filipinotown’s Festival and Health Fair.$1,000 for re-allocation of funds for Mariachi Festival rescheduled from September 17 to October 15, 2011.
- Gustavo Moreno and Jose Sigala re-appointed as GEPENC Representatives for the Neighborhood Council Budget Advocates and will attend the Mayor’s Community Budget Day event in October.
- Remigio “Remi” Mateo appointed as Stakeholder representative Board Member for District 2.
- Jorge Prado re-appointed as At-Large Board Member
Dates to Note
- October 8: Filipino American History Month Celebration
- October 15: Dios de los Muertos Echo Park Mariachi Festival.