The Corner Forum
Sunday, May 4, 2003
Issue #30

ANC Licensing Committee To Consider Excello on May 14

By Jessica Ward, 1310 G St. NE

ANC Commissioner (6A06) and chairman, ANC 6A Alcohol Beverage Licensing & Public Safety Committee

The Excello Liquors will be added as one of the first agenda items of the ANC6a's Alcohol Beverage Licensing & Public Safety Committee meeting. The ABL & PS Committee meets on the second Wednesday of the month (May 14th) at Miner ES from 7 to 9 p.m.

The licensee of N-A Minit has also been asked to attend and present their business plans. After the public discussion, I would suspect that many residents would like to protest the Excello license renewal. A petition will be collected with community names, addresses, phone numbers and date of signatures.

The D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration has investigated and talked with the licensee. Both parties are aware of the voluntary agreement violations.

It is my understanding that the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will have Excello Liquors placed on their docket for a hearing in the near future. At the hearing, the findings of fact will be heard and the ABC Board may recommend for example, training of personnel, a monetary fine, or a suspension of their license.

I could be wrong, but I doubt the ABC license will be revoked for Excello Liquors. I realize the huge negative impact of quality of life issues that occurs near the location. However, without a serious crime, such as a shooting or a homicide at 419 13th St. NE, I believe the ABC Board would be hard pressed to close the business down.

In the mean time, please continue to call 311/911 to respond to 419 or 421 13th St. NE when one observes public drinking or suspicious activity to include the possible drug dealing. Give a complete description of individuals and activities so the Police will have to stop and confront the suspect if they see them.

The more police runs to document the negative impact on the community, the better case to take an ABC licensee up in front of the Board!

Finally, the Orange Hat Patrol has been started up again in your area. Contact Jeff Coulter (coulterndc@yahoo.com) for dates and locations to come out and walk the neighborhood with a PSA officer.

Also, Richard Sundberg is on the ABL & PS Committee and active with issues of the 400 block of 13th St. Please feel free to contact either of these ABL & PS Committee members. If there is anything I can further clarify please contact me: 396-3193, jward.anc@verizon.net. §