Writer disturbed CVS gets nod for alcohol permit
by Steve Taylor, Ocean Beach
Published - 01/16/14 - 01:52 PM | 4125 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
To say that I was surprised that the Ocean Beach Planning Board was in support of CVS is an understatement. Horrified would be more appropriate. Even more appalling is the Ocean Beach Town Council and the Ocean Beach MainStreet Association negotiating with CVS representatives.

Wouldn’t the fact that CVS’s decision on whether or not it can sell alcohol give some indication of its “participation in the community?” And, isn’t this the same Ocean Beach MainStreet Association that is always complaining about the drunks harassing the shoppers and urinating in the storefronts?

The pledge CVS makes fallson a deaf ear. We already have two CVS stores within a 3-mile radius. How much more alcohol do they need to sell? Refreshing that a corporation wants to be a member of our community? Isn’t that the very thing we’ve been fighting to keep out of our community?

The best tenant we’re going to get. Really? What would they have offered that was so amazing?, according to [tax attorney] Ronson Shamoun.

Develop a process to allow local vendors to sell their wares? Be serious. We have the farmers market, the street fair … but that’s a whole other topic. Mr. Shamoun, who owns the OB Quick Stop and Newport Quick Stop, might be distracted by [CVS’s] amazing offers. [But] won’t they be competing directly with your ability to sell alcohol?

I think we should demand a supermarket. That is what we want. The fact that [CVS] will “evaluate the feasibility” of selling a limited amount of fruits and vegetables is another clue as to its sense of community.

As far as the police go, they will have a hard enough job without having to deal with more drunks and hassles from CVS selling alcohol, its primary focus. Not to mention CVS charges more for everything. Go to Rite Aid and CVS and compare.

One other thing, three CVS stores to one Rite Aid is not competitive. It’s monopolizing. Why the push for this so-called “community benefits package” that [Gretchen Kinney] Newsom, president of the Ocean Beach Town Council, brought before the Ocean Beach Town Council? Was this offered to Rite Aid? It’s no wonder why they would be less-than-enthusiastic to participate in this civic charade.

Let’s not overlook the real problem there — the landlord who raised the rent so they could force out Apple Tree Market. That is the real scourge. They deserve everything they don’t get from that store sitting vacant. Until a grocery store moves back in, I hope that lot dies a slow and agonizing death. If the Town Council and OB MainStreet Association have any sense of community, they will lobby for a supermarket at the site [4949 Santa Monica Ave.] because CVS is not the best tenant we’re going to get.

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