About 40 Anaheim residents went home disappointed Tuesday after the City Council voted unanimously against granting a temporary beer and wine license to a neighborhood convenience store.
Shirin A. Damani, owner of Prince Supermarket at 1200 W. Cerritos Ave., charged that City Council members were discriminating against him because he is from Pakistan. Without a license to sell beer and wine, Damani claimed, his family-run store will go out of business.
Council member Irv Pickler said the residential area was no place for a convenience market, with or without alcohol. Howie Schulman, the only area resident to speak against alcohol sales at the store, said, "There's a lot of junkies hanging out there" and alcohol would create more problems.
But other neighbors attending the public hearing painted a different picture.
"I think the place is beautiful for the city of Anaheim, for the corner," next-door neighbor Al Kotek told City Council members. Kotek's signature was one of more than 550 signatures on a petition supporting Damani's request.