The owner of Deano's market has been actively attempting to
business. Two prospective purchasers have come forward to assume the
liquor license. The City has filed objections against both applicants.
The first applicant withdrew his application. The objection to the
assumption of the license to the second applicant is based upon several
factors including the applicant's unwillingness to enter into a Good
Neighbor Agreement, criminal history, as well as the applicant's lack of
candor. We are awaiting a response from the Liquor Control Board.
Edward J. McKenna
Assistant Seattle City Attorney
1) May/should I publicize this on website?
2) What should the neighborhood be doing?
Yes you may make this public.
Well, the City Council has now adopted the Alcohol Impact Area which will, when in effect, include many of the restrictions in the proposed Good Neighbor Agreement. All alcohol licensed stores will soon be requested to sign a voluntary GNA. If the community finds a lack of compliance, the City may request the Liquor Control Board make the restrictions mandatory. In the meanwhile, community members are free to contact the LCB with any concerns they may have, either about the prospective Licensee or the location of the liquor license. The LCB may be contacted at:
Director of Licensing
Washington State Liquor Control Board
3000 Pacific Avenue SE
PO Box 43098
Olympia, Washington 98504-3075
Reference Deano's Market, # 369733
Edward J. McKenna
Assistant Seattle City Attorney
(text of letter from SPD to Liquor Board)
May 27, 2004
Via Facsimile and First Class Mail
Ms. Lorraine Lee, Director
Licensing Services, WSLCB
3000 Pacific Ave. S.E.
Olympia, WA 98504-3075
Re: Deano's Market
2040 E. Madison St., Seattle
License #: 369733
Dear Ms. Lee:
The City of Seattle is objecting to the assumption of the liquor license for the establishment listed above.
As the Board is well aware, the immediate area surrounding this facility has long been a problem for the community. Open narcotics dealing and the congregation of chronic public inebriates is a constant problem at all hours of the day. Numerous homicides, assaults, robberies and thefts have occurred in the immediate vicinity, and gang members are common to the area. The criminal element that is so well entrenched in the neighborhood patronize this and other local establishments who do little to discourage these individuals. The community is currently in substantial transition and this is one of the few remaining holdouts for the criminal element. A community-based website has been established with a public safety link. The City encourages the Board to review this website and incorporate the information contained therein into its consideration. That website can be found at http://home.jps.net/~tayles/.
The site of this establishment is also scheduled for redevelopment. The owner of the property, Mr. Dean Falls, has recently received an agreement from the City to vacate the alley behind this establishment. The alley vacation has been a precursor to development of the site. With the City's agreement, demolition of the building at this address could take place within the year.
The property owner has previously been unwilling to provide a long-term lease for the facility due to the anticipated redevelopment. Without a long-term lease, the applicant will have little incentive to maintain the existing facility, comply with applicable liquor laws and City ordinances, or cater to a different type of clientele.
The City of Seattle recognizes that businesses, including liquor establishments, are important to the economic vitality of our city. Although this is an area of high criminal activity, the City strives to accommodate the remainder of the community through various means. One such manner is through a "Community Good Neighbor Agreement." These agreements are, in essence, a list of good business practices designed to mitigate impacts of liquor-licensed businesses to the community. Many of the items within these agreements are based upon suggestions provided by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services with the goal toward preventing or reducing problems associated with alcohol establishments. On May 21, 2004, representatives from the City met with the applicant to discuss community concerns and issues. Unfortunately, Mr. Park refused to enter into a Good Neighbor Agreement with the City and community or even negotiate any of its terms. Moreover, during the meeting Mr. Park was specifically asked about his criminal history, which he denied having. Upon confronting him with his criminal history information, he referred to the matter as simply a "ticket." When asked whether the charge was actually an arrest for DUI, Mr. Park again denied that he had been arrested on an alcohol-related offense. The attached court docket clearly shows that Mr. Park was arrested for DUI and subsequently entered a plea of guilty to the charge of Reckless Driving wherein DUI (alcohol) conditions were imposed as probationary conditions.
Mr. Park's lack of candor toward the City, combined with his alcohol-related criminal history, his unwillingness to enter into a Good Neighbor Agreement and his lack of incentive to follow the law at this location, all combine to provide serious concerns about not only this applicant, but also to the location to which he seeks to assume the license.
Allowing the assumption of the liquor license for this location will be counterproductive to the neighborhood concerns and will negatively impact the community's ability to resolve public safety issues. Therefore, the City respectfully requests the Board deny the assumption of the liquor license for this location.
R. Gil Kerlikowske,
Chief of Police
Captain Gregory Ayco, Commander
S.P.D. Vice Unit #781
Cc: Bill Schrader, WSLCB Seattle
Captain M. Meehan/East Precinct Commander
Mr. E. McKenna/Assistant City Attorney
Mr. K. Park/Applicant