By Lee Perlman
For The Hollywood Star News, February, 2010
Mynt isn’t the only liquor-related concern for this area. At last month’s Kerns Neighborhood Association meeting, a half-dozen residents complained of livability problems related to patrons of Tonic Lounge, 3100 N.E. Sandy Blvd. Neighborhood Crime Prevention Specialist Havilah Fershweiler said that there had been a shooting near the bar on January 10. However, residents claimed that unruly behavior, fighting, public urination and vandalism by patrons has been going on for some time. Kerns activist Emily Simon offered to attempt to negotiate a Good Neighbor Agreement with current management.
Down the road, Ferschweiler reported that The Standard at 14 N.E. 24th Ave., a source of neighbor concerns in the past, is at least temporarily abandoning one feature of its Good Neighbor Agreement. They will no longer be employing an extra security person on weekends, whose responsibilities would include dealing with problems at residences across the street, because business is bad and the bar can’t afford the expense.
Another concern is a proposal to install a new convenience store at a former real estate office at Northeast 33rd Avenue. The manager has shown a willingness to enter into a Good Neighbor Agreement. However, some Kerns residents feel that yet another package store serving liquor to go is something this neighborhood, with an over-abundance of liquor outlets, doesn’t need.