Council Grants Appeal, Approves Alcohol Sales Permit

The Menifee City Council Tuesday night unanimously approved the application for an alcohol sales license by a local grocery store owner, ove...

The Menifee City Council Tuesday night unanimously approved the application for an alcohol sales license by a local grocery store owner, overruling a previous decision by the Planning Commission.

Council members essentially ruled that there was not sufficient reason to deny the permit to Eyad Shalabi, the owner of California Ranch market at 27526 Highway 74 in the Romoland section of Menifee. The permit allows him to sell beer and wine for off-site consumption.

Shalabi and Brenda Van Dyke, owner of the building, filed the appeal, arguing that the Planning Commission's 4-1 denial of the application in an April 23 meeting was unfairly based on moral opposition and concerns about another alcohol vendor in the area.

"Our type of business, we are like Winco or Albertson's, but on a smaller scale," Shalabi said. "We have a full butcher shop and a full produce department. Beer and wine is a convenience, a service. It is important to us ... so we don't lose that business. We don't want customers to skip us in favor of Winco."



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  1. “I think that’s a little too much, three (alcohol vendors) in one section. I’m really not for this,” said Commissioner Anne Pica during the meeting.
    The city conducted a study and found the area has few outlets for alcohol sales.
    The Department of Alcoholic Beverages Control indicates there is room for more.
    “There do not appear to be too many (alcohol retailers).
    It would appear some members of the planning commission don’t have a clue and base their decisions strictly on emotion rather than facts. It doesn’t instill much confidence in the future for Menifee with a group of amateurs making important recommendations in these matters. The qualifications of this panel needs to be scrutinized and appropriate action taken to replace the members unsuitable for this position.

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