By: Diane Benjamin
The Liquor Commission before Tari had (if I remember right) 7 members. The King wanted to make all the decisions himself, so he now has two assistants, one of which is going to vote with Tari every time. Only 3 members means Tari thinks and acts like he alone is the moral voice for Bloomington because he has the power to control when and where people have access to alcohol. The Council let him get by with it!
This week Tari said no to transferring a liquor license to the new owners of a convenience store at Hershey and Empire. The prior owner has NO violations. According to media, King Tari didn’t want the new owners selling alcohol because the neighborhood is turning sketchy. The minutes won’t be out for a month unless I have to FOIA them again.
Numerous problems with Tari logic:
- Alcohol can still be bought at the gas station across the street
- How many people will be walking across 4 lanes of traffic (twice) to buy it there?
- Is the owner of that gas station a friend of Tari’s?
- What family will be the first to sue when somebody gets hit by a car crossing those 4 lanes?
More logic problems:
- The new owners of the convenience store probably assumed there would be no problem with the liquor license, it was factored into the purchase price. If they have closed on the sale, Tari now owes them for devaluing their business since revenue will decrease.
- The new owners have less than tradition American names: Pravinkunur Patel and Shivabhui Patel. Will racial discrimination be part of the lawsuit? I thought Tari was “welcoming”!
- Tari governs on “feelings” instead of fairness. He took away the free market rights of the new owners to sell a product that Tari “feels” may cause trouble. Laws can not be based on “feelings”. According to media reports, Tari’s ruling was based on how he “feels”. His appointee buddy went along with him. For the first time I can remember the other appointee didn’t. Ruling by “feelings” means justice depends on who is in power. One would think a political science professor would know better.
- The area Alderman – Joni Painter – agrees with Tari, maybe she will be part of the lawsuit. Maybe this was her idea.
- If the sale has not been finalized, the buyers may back out. That means the old owner could sue, especially if the buyers want the price reduced thanks to Tari.
The real problem with the neighborhood is people refusing to tell the police what they know. I heard a lot of people witnessed the shooting of 4 people but “snitches get stitches” philosophy is keeping them from talking. Do these people realize they are voluntarily enslaving themselves to continuing violence?
Treating police as the enemy means the violence will only accelerate. Do Black Lives Really Matter?
They do only if witnesses cooperate with the police to get rid of those causing problems. If they don’t, they have only themselves to blame.
I’m sure Tari has the Springfield Law firm on speed dial. He’s going to need them.