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BevMo application

From: Nancy Borgeson <nborgeson_at_(domain_name_was_removed)>
Date: Sun, 7 Nov 2010 18:22:53 -0800

To the Menlo Park City Council:

             Re: BevMo's application for a use permit at the former Chili's in El Camino

The City Council should approve BevMo's application for a use permit at the El Camino location for a number of reasons:

  1. The Planning Commission conducted thorough hearings on this matter and voted to approve BevMo's application.
  2. The argument that BevMo should not be given a use permit because it is a chain and Menlo Park should not/does not want chains in its general business district has no merit. The city has welcomed chain groceries, pharmacies, pet stores, banks, service stations, brokerages, camera stores, pizza parlors, hamburger eateries, coffee stores, sporting goods stores, eyewear stores, video stores, office supply stores, convenience stores, weight loss salons and probably other types of businesses. And no one can seriously argue that a shop that fits inside a former Chili's is a big box store and therefore out of character with Menlo Park.
  3. The shopping plaza where BevMo wants to locate is full of chain stores already. Its owner should be able to lease space to a legitimate business that serves Menlo Park resident's needs. In addition, the owner needs the income and so does the City.
  4. The Planning Commission and the City Council should not be in the business of protecting select profitable commercial establishments against legitimate competitors.
  5. The fact that the Beltramo family has reportedly ordered its employees to "pack" the Council chambers on Tuesday night and that the company has offered customers a discount to oppose BevMo's application in writing should leave a bad taste in City Council members' and Menlo Park residents' mouths

I shop at neither Beltramo's nor BevMo so I have no axe to grind. I just do not believe that the Council should bend to bad arguments.


Nancy Borgeson
Laurel Street
Menlo Park Received on Sun Nov 07 2010 - 18:23:38 PST

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