City Council will consider tonight an appeal to the Planning Commission's ruling to grant Big T Mini Mart on Main Street a permit to sell alcohol.
On October 19, the commission voted 6-to-2 to allow Big T to sell packaged beer and wine. The Alhambra Unified School District then filed an appeal, saying that the market's proximity to Alhambra High School should bar it from selling alcohol. The market is by the corner of Main Street and South 3rd Street.
Big T is owned by Trent Yamauchi, son of councilmember Gary Yamauchi. Yamauchi told the Pasadena-Star News
that he needs the permit to keep his business afloat, and noted that some nearby markets were allowed to sell alcohol.
Some residents claim that the Planning Commission's decision on Big T was a sign of impropriety, as the store is owned by a councilmember's son, and members of the commission are apppointed by the council. Members of Grassroots Alhambra, a community organization, will be at tonight's meeting to support the appeal.
Also on tonight's council meeting agenda, the council will be presented with a proposal for a new parking structure at Almansor Park. Councilmembers will also hear a second reading on a new animal ordinance
. They had voted in favor of it after the first reading.
City Council usually meets every second and fourth Monday of the month at 5:30 and 7 p.m. at City Hall. Read the complete agenda below. You can also download the document or make it larger using the controls on the bottom.
City Council Meeting Nov 9
Independent journalism is a bedrock of democracy--and it's in crisis. Here at the Alhambra Source, we're committed to covering the local stories that matter most to you. We don’t have advertisers and we don’t have pay walls, but we do have bills. You read to the end of this story. That's great. But this kind of journalism will end without public support. Join us! Support the work and the democratic values it serves. Donate now!