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City Won't Oppose Liquor License Bid

September 11, 1998|JENNIFER KNIGHT

The City Council voted 4 to 1 not to oppose a liquor license sought by the developer of a proposed drugstore, despite opposition from three residents concerned that the project is too close to a high school.

"Yes, youths do get alcohol from places nearby--that is a reality. I see it being a real danger," resident Wendy Joy Moses said.

The proposed Longs Shopping Center would be at Mission Oaks Boulevard and Adolfo Road, across the street from Adolfo Camarillo High School.

Councilman Mike Morgan cast the dissenting vote, saying kids would find other ways to get liquor.

"If it's a controversial project, I think it's better to air on the side of safety," he said.

The liquor license request will now go before the Alcoholic Beverage Commission for consideration.

An earlier request submitted by developers was rebuffed by the council in April. Council members told developers then that more conditions needed to be met before they would reconsider the permit. Longs has since agreed to several concessions, including increasing security and changing opening hours to avoid store traffic getting in the way of youths walking to school. The company also agreed not to sell tobacco products.

"I like the decision to not sell tobacco," Mayor Charlotte Craven said. "I think lung cancer and cigarettes are a bigger problem than alcohol."

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