Update:Echo Park council to hold special meeting on 7-Eleven beer & wine permit

The planning committee of the Echo Park neighborhood council tonight voted to schedule a special meeting to address residents’ concerns about allowing a proposed 7-Eleven store on Glendale Boulevard to sell beer and wine.  The committee also moved ahead with a proposal to identify and map out “alcohol zones” to help guide future requests for alcohol permits, said Jose Sigala, president of the Greater Echo Park Neighborhood Council.  A meeting item to review a beer and wine permit for Xoia Vietnamese Eats* was postponed at the request of the restaurant.

Here is Sigala’s summary of tonight’s planning committee meeting:

The alcohol zone item was passed on to the [full council] board as a recommendation to draft a letter to the Planning Department to work with our neighborhood council to establish … a map of  areas where alcohol is allowed according to zoning laws. I believe we would be the first neighborhood council in the city requesting this type of zoning map.

On the 7-Eleven,  the committee voted to have a special meeting to allow the applicant to address concerns from neighbors … get an official position from the LAPD and to conduct more outreach to the immediate neighborhood. Concerns raised dealt with traffic, lack of parking, over concentration of alcohol sales, hours of operation, hours of alcohol sales, potential gang problems and loitering. The applicant representative agreed to come back to the Committee to address issues that were raised.

One neighbor that lives right next door complained about the bright light from the new sign. She said she can read a book in her backyard at midnight – that is how bright it is.

* Xoia is an Eastsider advertiser.

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  1. Too bad no one covered last Saturday’s Echo Park neighborhood council meeting. I heard that was one out of control meeting. Sorry I missed the action.
    Is that woman still videotaping the meetings?

  2. Hello Troy,

    This is Jose Sigala, President of the Greater Echo Park Elysian Neighborhood Council.

    The meeting focused on the passage of our 2011-2012 fiscal year budget. When money is involved people get passionate about their priorities given our limited resources.

    After much debate the neighborhood council board unanimously passed the budget 11-0.

    You are welcomed to view the budget on our website at http://www.GEPENC.org

    As with all 93 neigborhood councils our meetings provide a platform for Grassroots democracy.

    I am invite you to come to one of our general board meetings.

    We also do clean ups once a month and are always looking for new volunteers.

    Please contact me directly if I can be of any service.



  3. Jose:
    Thanks for the invite. How can I reach the person with all the videos – I’d like to see her collection.

  4. Jose,

    When is the special meeting scheduled for the 7/11 hearing?

    My hope is the 7/11 is not allowed to open in the Glendale Boulevard location at all, but particularly not with a beer/wine license. We don’t need another convenience store or liquor outlet in our neighborhood.

    Miss E

  5. i can see why people were upset over that GEPENC budget. your administrative overhead is almost half as much as what you’re spending on programming. how does it cost $2500 to maintain a website that’s already built and online? we spend about $200 annually on that where I work.

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