LOOSE LIPS’ ACCOUNT of H.H. Leonards’ mansion on O Street (4/26) gave readers the wrong impression about neighborhood opposition to her establishment. The facts are that less than a handful of neighbors oppose the mansion’s liquor license compared to the more than 1,200 nearby neighbors (within two blocks) who have written letters and sign ed petitions of unqualified support.
Also, the article fails to note with any specifics that five other nonprofit private clubs in the ABC moratorium area near the O Street mansion need licensing as well. Beyond these nearby establishments, there are at least a score more who have erroneously believed that their nonprofit status does not require them to hold a liquor license.
I applaud Councilmember Harold Brazil’s attempt to give these unique facilities an opportunity to apply for an ABC license. These venerable institutions are an asset, and getting them licenses to comply with the law will add needed revenue to our city.
By amending the ill-founded Nathanson law, the proper forum will be created to enable factual debate on the appropriateness of an ABC license for each private club.