By Brittany Hanson/Garden Grove Journal
The rules on where alcohol can be bought in Stanton have officially been changed. Ordinance 971 will allow for businesses that previously could not sell liquor will have a second chance.
The ordinance was approved Tuesday at the Stanton City Council meeting by a vote of 3-to-1, with council members David Shawver, Carol Warren and Al Ethans voting yes and mayor pro tem Brian Donahue voting no. Mayor Ed Royce Sr. was absent.
The new ordinance, first introduced July 27, details the sensitive use ordinances related to the matter and states that a business within 500 feet of a sensitive area, such as a school, park or church, and within 100 feet of a residential area could not sell alcohol.
However this was negatively impacting some of the businesses in Stanton where competition from other business was literally right across the street.
Some residents of the city argued at the July meeting that they did not want there to be more access to alcohol available in the city. However, city council members, such as Shawver and Ethans said that the ordinance would help businesses maintain a competitive angle.
One such case was with Morry Roboitan’s Shell Gas Station at 8971 Katella Ave. Even with car wash and a Quizno’s attached to the gas station mini mart, he said that he still loses business to places that can offer all that plus alcohol convenience.
“I’m in favor of the ordinance,” said Roboitian, “this will bring new taxes to our city, Stanton.”