School Board President Monica Garcia has joined the residents who are opposing plans by Fix Coffee to sell beer and wine across the street from Elysian Heights Elementary School. Garcia’s unexpected opposition was made public this morning during a public hearing over Fix’s request to obtain a beer and wine permit. Elmer Roldan, a community affairs deputy for Garcia, said the school board member had been contacted by residents and parents concerned about the safety of students if beer and wine is allowed to be sold across the street from the campus at Echo Park Avenue and Baxter Street. “We responded accordingly,” Roldan said.
Garcia has asked Councilman Eric Garcetti to join her in opposing the permit request. In a letter to Garcetti, Garcia writes:
I believe that selling alcohol within 600 feet across the main entrance to an elementary school is reason to oppose an alcohol license request. Like you, I care about our kids, their education and well-being. For these reasons, I strongly urge you to oppose the alcohol license request for which Fix Coffee is applying.
At least 15 other people -including opponents and supporters – spoke this morning during a public hearing before a Planning Department Zoning Administrator who is reviewing the beer and wine permit request. No decision will be made today.
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 opposition from nearby residents as well as support from the Echo Park neighborhood council.
* Update on Thursday, Oct. 6: Councilman Eric Garcetti has joined Garcia in opposing the alcohol permit application.