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Tuesday, May 4, 2010
NIc Nak Liquors coming to City Council Tonight
As a reminder, the Nic Nak Liquor Store is coming to the City Council tonight on Appeal. The matter will be heard at 6:30 pm at 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, 3rd Floor, Oakland. City Council Agenda (page 8 of 12). You can also access the staff report here Staff Report.
This may prove to be an interesting public hearing. The owners of the Nic Nak, the Pannell's, have circulated fliers in the adjacent neighborhood requesting support for "Your Neighborhood Merchant", but failed to note the issue is related to alcohol sales, not the convenience store sales. They are even offering free rides to the meeting for their supporters in a classic election day get out the vote maneuver. This is important since the Pannell's and the bulk of their supporters do not even live in North Oakland. Whether they intend to use the same tactics employed at the Planning Commission Meeting is another question. The City Council may not have the patience for such theatrics.
Approval of alcohol sales at 6400 Shattuck under the rationale of "historical prevalence" will gut the deemed approved status for non-conforming alcohol outlets and will allow such a rationale to be used anytime anyone wants a variance. This will open the gates to unwanted land uses throughout Oakland and has to the potential to significantly affect the quality of life for residents in neighborhoods throughout the City.