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Poll: Should Just 5 People Be Allowed to Protest a Liquor License?

19 Jun

Two polls have been created calling for an end to Advisory Neighborhood Commissions’ power to shut down businesses and drive jobs out of DC.

One was created by Bruce Majors, running for Congress this November against Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton and can be found here: https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/washington-dc-city-council-stop-ancs-from-driving-businesses-jobs-from-dc
The other is on the very good  local downtown news and commentary website Borderstan.  Here’s the first paragraph and a link (the Borderstan peeps prefer that you read it there):
From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com
News of licensing agreements about local businesses and the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board has been rocking area websites and newsfeeds for more than a week. Hank’s Oyster Bar, a local restaurant just off the 17th Street corridor, was forced to shut down half of its outdoor patio on June 8 due to a pending review of an ABC Board decision approving termination of the Voluntary Agreement (V.A.) with six area residents; two of the original six protestants filed the appeal. The hearing was held last Wednesday, but nothing has resulted (as of yet) from the battle between a handful of local residents and the local business.
Reader Poll: What’s your opinion? Should a minimum of five residents or property owners be allowed to file a protest against liquor license application that then goes before the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board — or should that number be increased? Take our reader poll. We will share the results later this week.

How many residents should DC law require to protest a liquor license application? (Luis Gomez Photos)