UPDATE MARCH 7, 2011 At the City Council meeting today, the owner of Bomburger recinded their application for an alcohol license citing residential concerns over public safety. The HBDRA extends its gratitude to Bomburger and wishes them all the best.
UPDATE FEBRUARY 8, 2011 The Bomburger appeal to the City Council is scheduled for March 7th.
BOHR FILES BOMBURGER APPEAL
On January 25th, the Planning Commission voted 4-3 to deny Bomburger an alcohol license. Bomburger is that small Downtown take-out hamburger hamlet on Main Street and now they want to sell beer and wine in violation of City policy.
Bohr seems to consider that an exception to City policy may be appropriate, and after trying to influence (unsuccessfully) the vote on the Planning Commission, he is now taking it to the City Council, where his influence will be greater.
Councilman Bohr was the only City Council member that tried to influence the Planning Commission regarding this vote and he contacted a majority of the Commissioners, which is unprecedented, and has raised concerns regarding a Brown Act violation.
The Planning Commission is comprised of individual City Council appointees and does not have a specific Council liaison which means that all Council members are liaisons. According to City Council Resolution 99-84, Council liaisons “should not direct the advisory body towards specific actions or activities” . . . and “should not impact the outcome of a decision or a vote.”
Some might consider this type of influence peddling to be inappropriate and in violation of City policy – we’ll let others chew on that for a while and determine if an investigation or other action is warranted. Bohr, however, is no stranger to extending his influence where it may not be appropriate.
As a Planning Commissioner in 2003, he was forced to resign his appointment less than six months after being sworn in because of an influence-related allegation.
The HBDRA opposes the issuance of any more alcohol licenses in Downtown Huntington Beach due to the related crime associated with an undue concentration and over-saturation of alcohol consumption in the Downtown area. In January, it was announced by the State of California Office of Traffic Safety that Huntington Beach ranks #1 in alcohol related traffic accidents. Click HERE to read more.
In his 2008 City Council campaign website, it states, “Your vote for Keith Bohr means a commitment to maintain our low crime rate.” Perhaps Mr. Bohr can explain how adding another alcohol license in Downtown helps maintain our low crime rate. (Which, by the way, isn’t low at all.) Some might argue just the opposite. We don’t need another place to consume alcohol Downtown and we don’t need another alcohol related traffic accident or DUI fatality causing personal tragedy for families and individuals. Mr. Bohr, please withdraw your appeal.