Congratulations for the excellent public service you performed both in your timely editorial (April 8), "Alcohol and the Community," and Douglas Shuitt's subsequent article (April 13), "L.A. Group Deters Bid to Ease Zoning for Liquor Stores."
State Senate Bill 2522, introduced by Ken Maddy (R-Fresno), represents another gluttonous power grab by the Southland Corp. (7-Eleven stores) and its "convenience-store" cohorts to hijack local control from cities and counties as they awaken to the need to better regulate proliferating package beer/wine premises. This local control presently also extends to stores selling both gasoline and booze.
These off-sale alcohol outlets, needing Type 20 licenses from the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, can now first be put under a conditional-use-permit procedure by aware local governments. SB 2522 would remove this most common alcohol outlet for off-premises consumption from the traditional purview cities and counties.
Liquor stores selling distilled spirits (Type 21 licenses) would still be subject to both local and state review. Yet it is alcohol in beer form that comprises 78% of all booze consumed in California; wine is second with 15% and the so-called hard stuff at 7%.