Councilman Eric Garcetti has joined school board president Monica Garcia in opposing a request by Fix Coffee to serve beer and wine across the street from Elysian Heights Elementary School. Garcia had requested that Garcetti oppose Fix Coffee’s alcohol permit because the corner coffee house is too close to the school at Echo Park Avenue and Baxter Street. Julie Wong, a spokeswoman for Council District 13, issued this statement:
After listening to community members on both sides and giving the issue careful consideration, Council President Garcetti decided to oppose the permit because he feels it is not quite right for the location at this time.
Garcia’s unexpected opposition was made public Wednesday morning during a hearing before a city Zoning Administrator over Fix’s request to obtain a beer and wine permit. The Zoning Administrator is expected to issue a recommendation in the following weeks.
Plans by Fix Coffee owner Marc Gallucci to expand his Echo Park Avenue cafe and serve beer and wine in a primarily residential neighborhood has generated mixed reaction from nearby residents. His permit request was approved by the Echo Park neighborhood council.