Last night, with Winchester Goose (a proposed craft beer bar) on the agenda, the City Council decided to hold off on making any further alcohol license decisions until they've had a chance to review the municipal code and consider policy options at the
Internal Affairs committee
meeting now scheduled for July 24th at . Licenses for the
Winchester Goose along with the Mangrove Mini Mart (reinstated for discussion)
will be considered at the August 6th Council meeting.
This delay isn't ideal for the proprietors, I'm sure, but it halts a chain of events that was considered very business-unfriendly by some. To grapple with the concerns raised at this year's Community Call for Action, hosted by Chico State, I'm in favor of bringing the City, campus officials, business organizations, owners, proprietors, student organizations, Enloe representatives, and others together to begin creating a community-wide strategy. If we don't work toward the same solutions together, we're going to end up sharply divided and adrift. As I said in a recent email to our Mayor, City manager, and Chief of Police about this issue: "Let's get ahead of this speeding train, slow it down, and decide where we want it to go. Right now, it's carving a(nother) very contentious path through our community." And, in my honest opinion, the last thing we need is more conflict.
On another note, I recently met with
Don Krysakowski and Renee Friemoth of
the . They are actively
looking to pair businesses with WTC clients through a job placement program
called Community Employment Services. Having worked as a job skills
coach in college, I know how powerful programs like these can be for employers
and potential employees. If you're interested in exploring the
benefits of a risk-free situational assessment in your business,
please contact Renee at 343.7994 x 1407. Work Training Center
Enjoy the holiday tomorrow and stay cool!