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Friday, October 31, 2014

Councilman Huizar wants to allow new Colorado Boulevard businesses to stay open longer

EAGLE ROCKCouncilman Jose Huizar wants to change city law to allow new restaurants, bars and shops along Colorado Boulevard to stay open beyond 9 p.m.

Huizar introduced a  City Council motion to modify what’s called the Colorado Boulevard Specific Plan, an ordinance that has been credited with creating a more pedestrian-friendly environment along the street but also  limits new businesses – including restaurants and bars – to operate only between 7 am and 9 pm unless they get special city permission.  The law applies only to businesses that opened after 1992, when the law went into effect. Many of the new businesses were not aware of or had ignored the restriction until a new Eagle Rock bar and restaurant recently got in trouble over violating the ordinance.

Huizar, in a recent email newsletter, said the ordinance puts new Colorado businesses at a competitive disadvantage and needs to be updated:

One regulation, or limitation of the current plan, is a prohibition on business operating between 9 p.m. and 7 a.m. – meaning neighborhood establishments that choose to move here need to close earlier, and – in some instances – open later than their competitors in nearby cities, such as Pasadena and Glendale.

The motion, if adopted by the full council, would direct the Planning Department and City Attorney to look into the feasibility of amending the hours contained in the ordnance.

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19 comments

  1. Yes please!

    • Totally agree! I can understand the need for limits on late-night hours, for the sake of all the people who live nearby. But even letting restaurants stay open until 10pm weekdays (and maybe 11pm weekends) would be so nice.

      However, this being Eagle Rock … get ready for endless debates and teeth-gnashing.

  2. Seems like the businesses that are unfairly disadvantaged by this rule could sue over the city picking and choosing winners and losers based on an arbitrary year. Not sure it’d have much success, but regardless the rule is unnecessary and needs to go.

    • Hey “LAifer” ! – do you live in Eagle Rock?
      I’m guessing no.

      “seems like” – are you a lawyer?
      I’m guessing no

      “based on an arbitrary year” – hardly! it was the year the ordinance was passed

      “not sure it’s have much success” – yea, “seems like” you’re right!

      “the rule is unnecessary and needs to go.” – see question #1

    • Hey “LAifer” ! – do you live in Eagle Rock?
      I’m guessing no.

      “seems like” – are you a lawyer?
      I’m guessing no

      “based on an arbitrary year” – hardly! it was the year the ordinance was passed

      “not sure it’s have much success” – yea, “seems like” you’re right!

      “the rule is unnecessary and needs to go.” – see question #1

    • Hey “LAifer” ! – do you live in Eagle Rock?
      I’m guessing no.

      “seems like” – are you a lawyer?
      I’m guessing no

      “based on an arbitrary year” – hardly! it was the year the ordinance was passed

      “not sure it’s have much success” – yea, “seems like” you’re right!

      “the rule is unnecessary and needs to go.” – see question #1

    • Hey “LAifer” ! – do you live in Eagle Rock?
      I’m guessing no.

      “seems like” – are you a lawyer?
      I’m guessing no

      “based on an arbitrary year” – hardly! it was the year the ordinance was passed

      “not sure it’s have much success” – yea, “seems like” you’re right!

      “the rule is unnecessary and needs to go.” – see question #1

    • Hey “LAifer” ! – do you live in Eagle Rock?
      I’m guessing no.

      “seems like” – are you a lawyer?
      I’m guessing no

      “based on an arbitrary year” – hardly! it was the year the ordinance was passed

      “not sure it’s have much success” – yea, “seems like” you’re right!

      “the rule is unnecessary and needs to go.” – see question #1

    • Hey “LAifer” ! – do you live in Eagle Rock?
      I’m guessing no.

      “seems like” – are you a lawyer?
      I’m guessing no

      “based on an arbitrary year” – hardly! it was the year the ordinance was passed

      “not sure it’s have much success” – yea, “seems like” you’re right!

      “the rule is unnecessary and needs to go.” – see question #1

    • Hey “LAifer” ! – do you live in Eagle Rock?
      I’m guessing no.

      “seems like” – are you a lawyer?
      I’m guessing no

      “based on an arbitrary year” – hardly! it was the year the ordinance was passed

      “not sure it’s have much success” – yea, “seems like” you’re right!

      “the rule is unnecessary and needs to go.” – see question #1

    • Hey “LAifer” ! – do you live in Eagle Rock?
      I’m guessing no.

      “seems like” – are you a lawyer?
      I’m guessing no

      “based on an arbitrary year” – hardly! it was the year the ordinance was passed

      “not sure it’s have much success” – yea, “seems like” you’re right!

      “the rule is unnecessary and needs to go.” – see question #1

  3. IDK, But isn’t there more important things that Huizar should be focusing on, like controlling gang activity, tagging and such????

  4. Hey “LAifer” ! – do you live in Eagle Rock?
    I’m guessing no.

    “seems like” – are you a lawyer?
    I’m guessing no

    “based on an arbitrary year” – hardly! it was the year the ordinance was passed

    “not sure it’s have much success” – yea, “seems like” you’re right!

    “the rule is unnecessary and needs to go.” – see question #1

    • Hey “Starchy”! Does posting the same response to “LAifer” ten times make your perspective ten times more valid than his?

  5. Hey “LAifer” ! – do you live in Eagle Rock?
    I’m guessing no.

    “seems like” – are you a lawyer?
    I’m guessing no

    “based on an arbitrary year” – hardly! it was the year the ordinance was passed

    “not sure it’s have much success” – yea, “seems like” you’re right!

    “the rule is unnecessary and needs to go.” – see question #1

  6. Yes please. It is CRAZY that the carpet gets rolled up so early on Colorado Blvd. If this change doesn’t go through York Blvd. is going to continue its upward climb while Colorado Blvd. is left in the past. “Starchy” is wrong about this one.

  7. Yes please its about time can’t have Toppers be the only game in town.

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