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El Miramar owner appeals to City Council

Posted: Friday, Apr 5th, 2013

WATSONVILLE — The Watsonville City Council on Tuesday will determine whether to uphold a decision made by the Planning Commission to revoke El Miramar Billiard Hall’s alcohol license.

On Feb. 5, the Planning Commission revoked El Miramar’s license for a period of six months, when owner Juan Yepez Garcia can reapply for an alcohol permit.

The business, located on 522 Main St., came under scrutiny after two recent compliance checks, one on Dec. 14 and another on Jan. 5, revealed that the restaurant was serving alcohol to minors, lacked food service and effective security, and was operating as a nightclub without a permit, according to Suzi Aratin, senior planner.

The Planning Commission reviewed the business four times in just over a year, according to Aratin, one of those instances being after the fatal stabbing of Brandon Gil in March 2012 outside the establishment.

In a six-page appeal to the council, Yepez Garcia outlined the steps he has taken in order to be compliant, but asked the city for help.

“The city should work with me to ensure compliance, they should not cripple me,” he wrote.

For the complete article see the 04-06-2013 issue.

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