Group fighting Pacific Beach market asking for liquor license

SAN DIEGO - A group of San Diegans is getting ready to fight the owner of a neighborhood market in Pacific Beach who is asking the state for a liquor license.

The community that has one of the highest DUI rates in San Diego County. There is no shortage of alcohol along Garnet Avenue, which is infamous for bad behavior. Now, Quik Corner Liquor is also applying for a liquor license.

10News wanted to talk to the owner or manager but that person was not available Monday night.

Scott Chipman is with San Diegans for Responsible Planning. The community group is fighting against Quik Corner getting that license.

"Well, if there was ever a liquor license that should be denied, this is it," Chipman said.

At Tuesday hearing, Chipman and several others plan to tell ABC, the state's Alcohol Beverage Control Department, why it should deny the liquor license.

"We've got the highest concentration of alcohol licenses in this census track than anywhere else in the region. We've got the highest crime, the highest DUIs, the highest public urinations," he said.

Chipman also said the business has had five violations of its wine and beer license.

"And the immediate past owner is serving prison time for a felony," he said.

Chipman is talking about Richard Garmo, who was linked to a basketball game-fixing scandal from a few years ago. Garmo, the bookie, pleaded guilty to several charges and is serving two years in federal prison.

"We need local control," said Chipman. "The ABC is out of control and they're not protecting our community one bit."

The ABC hearing will take place Tuesday at noon at 8880 Rio San Diego Dr. in Mission Valley.

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