Will the liquor flow at El Super in Highland Park? A few residents on the NELA List are debating the merits – more jobs – and drawbacks – possibly more crime – to allow the new El Super grocery store on York Boulevard to sell booze. Documents filed on behalf of the chain with the City Council, which will take up the matter Wednesday, show that an El Super Store in Panorama City “allegedly failed a decoy operation by local police resulting in the sale of alcoholic beverages to a minor decoy.” There are already four other stores and restaurants selling and serving alcohol within 600 feet near the El Super, located at York Boulevard and Avenue 56.

However, the report noted that El Super has tightened controls to prevent sales to minors and even received a letter of commendation from the LAPD for taking action. While 13 people have been arrested in the area for public drunkenness and another 9 on DUI charges in 2009, those figures are not considered excessively high, according to police officers cited in the report. In order to boost security at the Highland Park store, El Super agreed to install a security camera on York Boulevard that will be monitored by the police department.

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