By: Diane Benjamin
Absent last night: Jenn Carrillo and Jeff Crabill.
Tari Renner claimed he is homeless because pipes broke in his house. I wonder if he will be paying the likely high water bill? I hope he didn’t opt out of the insurance that will cover part of the cost. He was back from Hawaii, Mboka evidently represented him at some other meeting while Renner was absent.
For the most part the entire meeting was about 1 issue – the Liquor License for the Park Pantry. Public Comment consisted of people on both sides, those opposed far outnumbered supporters since one guy had a petitions signed by 100 people.
The City claims to want historic neighborhoods improved and preserved. It’s hard to get more iconic than around Miller Park and the Zoo. The discussion listed many places to buy alcohol within short distances, what part of “we don’t want more” was too difficult to understand?
Joni Painter had the line of the night, but she should have made it a motion. She stated this location is in Jenn Carrillo’s Ward, she wanted to hear from her before making a decision. Of course, Jenn was MIA – Scott Black mentioned an emergency.
Instead of simply delaying the vote until Carrillo was present, the council voted to send it back to the Liquor Commission. Tari will hear more comments from the people who didn’t attend the original hearing because they didn’t know about it. Evidently it was posted in the paper. Does that mean nobody subscribes anymore? The City should obtain circulation numbers from the Pantagraph to see if public notices even get noticed!
Tari will likely approve the license again and send it back to Council, he showed no signs of listening to the people last night. The Council can then waste more time debating it again.
Answer one question Aldermen: Do you want a convenience store selling liquor in your neighborhood?
For 6 months the store would be required to close at 11:00 pm. After that they can ask to stay open later.
Public Comment had one comment representing how I know many of you feel. Gary Lambert spoke about Renner and City support for the sanctuary city/welcoming ordinance. Just hit play to hear his comment: (27:10)