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File #: 21-0583    Version: 1 Name: Determination of Public Convenience or Necessity on Application for Alcoholic Beverage License Type 20 for Mega Food Mart
Type: Agenda Item Status: Morning Session
File created: 6/8/2021 In control: Administrative Office
On agenda: 10/19/2021 Final action: 10/19/2021
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: Consider and take action on request for Determination of Public Convenience or Necessity on application for Alcoholic Beverage License Type 20 filed by Mega Food Mart, to be used at 4706 E. Shields Ave., Fresno, CA 93726.
Attachments: 1. Agenda Item, 2. Census Tract 32.01 Map, 3. Applicant Letter, 4. PowerPoint Presentation

DATE:                     October 19, 2021

 

TO:                     Board of Supervisors

 

SUBMITTED BY:                     Jean M. Rousseau, County Administrative Officer

 

SUBJECT:                     Determination of Public Convenience or Necessity on Application for Alcoholic Beverage License Type 20 for Mega Food Mart

 

RECOMMENDED ACTION(S):

TITLE

Consider and take action on request for Determination of Public Convenience or Necessity on application for Alcoholic Beverage License Type 20 filed by Mega Food Mart, to be used at 4706 E. Shields Ave., Fresno, CA 93726.

REPORT

The applicant is applying for a Type 20 license (off-sale beer and wine) to be used at 4706 E. Shields Ave., Fresno, CA 93726. The Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) has determined that an undue concentration of alcoholic beverage licenses exists in Census Tract 32.01, where this business is located. However, Business and Professions Code sections 23958 and 23958.4 provide that if the census tract or County has an undue concentration of alcoholic beverage licenses, ABC may issue a license if the local governing body determines that public convenience or necessity would be served by the issuance of the license.  This item pertains to a location in District 3.

 

ALTERNATIVE ACTION(S):

 

If your Board does not make a determination regarding public convenience or necessity in regards to this request within ninety (90) days of notification of the completed application, ABC may still issue the license if the applicant shows ABC that public convenience or necessity would be served by the issuance, pursuant to Section 23958.4(b)(2) of the Business and Professions Code.

 

FISCAL IMPACT:

 

There is no increase in Net County Cost associated with the recommended action. A Board approved fee of $235 to cover the cost of mailing notices to property owners was paid by the applicant.

 

DISCUSSION:

 

Mega Food Mart filed paperwork to apply for a Type 20 license (off-sale sales of beer and wine for consumption off the premises where sold). The business where the license will be used is a convenience store located at 4706 E. Shields Ave., Fresno, CA 93726.

 

On January 1, 1998, Business and Professions Code Section 23817.5 was amended to permanently establish a moratorium on the issuance of Type 20 licenses in cities and counties where the ratio of licenses exceeds one for each 2,500 inhabitants. The moratorium was updated on December 15, 2016 (revised on January 30, 2017), and will be in effect until recalculated in approximately five years in accordance with Section 23817.9.

 

Fresno County falls under this moratorium, as its ratio of Type 20 licenses to its population exceeds the limits set out by Section 23817.5.

 

The applicant’s location is in Census Tract 32.01.  Three off-sale licenses are allowed in this census tract. There are currently three registered licenses.

 

Sections 23958 and 23958.4 of the Business and Professions Code allow ABC to issue an off-sale license despite an undue concentration of off-sale alcoholic beverage licenses if the local governing body of the area in which the applicant premises are located, or its designated subordinate office or body, determines within 90 days of notification of a completed application that public convenience or necessity would be served by the issuance. If the local governing body, or its designated subordinate officer or body, does not make such a determination within the 90-day period, then ABC may still issue a license if the applicant shows ABC that public convenience or necessity would be served by the issuance.

 

County policy requires the following three criteria be considered before a determination of public convenience or necessity can be met: 

 

1)                      The issuance of a license would not tend to create a law enforcement problem and increase the level of crime activity.

 

2)                      The issuance of a license would provide a needed service to the community, and that without this use there would be an inconvenience to the community.

 

3)                      The issuance of a license will have a positive impact on the local economy, including the creation of new jobs. 

 

The applicant’s written response to the above criteria is attached. The applicant will also be available to present their case to your Board at today’s hearing.

 

Notices of today’s hearing were sent to neighboring property owners located within 600 feet of the applicant’s premises.

 

A representative from the Sheriff’s Department is available to provide a statement regarding any local law enforcement impacts.

 

ATTACHMENTS INCLUDED AND/OR ON FILE:

 

Census Tract 32.01 Map

Applicant Letter

ABC License Application (Form ABC-245)

PowerPoint Presentation

 

CAO ANALYST:

 

Ron Alexander