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Residents say Big T Mini Mart too close to school to sell alcohol

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

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3 thoughts on “Residents say Big T Mini Mart too close to school to sell alcohol”

  1. @Tim Apparently the the city staff, Alhambra School Board, The Supernatant of Schools, The Principal of AHS and the Alhambra Police Department also have their doubts about how this is a bad idea and spoke against it at the Planning Commission Meeting. You should do a little research before you start barking.

  2. I rememeber a couple of years ago a cafe had applied for a liqour license and the city had denied it for its proximity to AHS. His dad (GARY) was on the city council then and I don’t remember such a big deal made about that denial. It is curios though that Trent went into the mini market business assuming he was going to get a liqour license so close to AHS?

  3. There is a thing called an ID check and refusing to serve alcohol to minors. Apparently Big T can’t be trusted. So Grassroots Alhambra would rather have this store fail just like the Chinese restaurant before it. Hope they redevelopment this site to a taller mixed-use so we can have Grassroots Alhambra, again, whine about development and progress in this city.

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