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urging "no" vote on BevMo use permit

From: dave wolter <davewolter_at_(domain_name_was_removed)>
Date: Sun, 24 Oct 2010 19:32:27 -0700

Dear Menlo Park City Council:
I urge you not to grant BevMo a use permit. Paving El Camino with chain stores is not only going to cost Menlo Park its character on its most visible thoroughfare, it is going to cost your independent retailers on Santa Cruz Avenue as well. Few people are going to take the risk of opening a shop on Santa Cruz Ave. when there is a very real risk that a chain in the same category will go in around the corner on El Camino. It is unrealistic to treat these two corridors in isolation from each other.

The case of BevMo is even worse than most in that there are already so many other places to buy liquor in town, most of which are independents. Given that you have the legal means to deny BevMo’s use permit and the grounds since it is not a necessity nor a convenience, If you don’t do so, you will be telling all future independent operators that the city has no regard for their special contributions to City culture.

By treating El Camino with more care, you have the opportunity to create an environment in which creativity and interesting retail concepts can thrive throughout Menlo Park. If you believe Menlo Park should be a special place, you must deny BevMo access to our community.

Separately, Please explore taking additional steps to speed traffic flow on El Camino through Menlo Park.  


David Wolter
3421 El Camino Real #15
Atherton, CA 94027 Received on Sun Oct 24 2010 - 19:32:26 PDT

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