When the Adams Hill Neighborhood Assn. elected to appeal the conditional-use permit city Zoning Administrator Edith Fuentes drafted and granted to the Moonlight Family Restaurant, we knew we were fighting a much bigger battle than the fate of just one neighborhood business. A casual look from the reporting of the outcome of the appeal made it seem that we had lost the battle or that the outcome wasn't ideal.
That wasn't the case.
The Moonlight restaurant has been the site of a stream of restaurants masquerading as banquet halls for years, and preventing another one from getting a liquor license wasn't going to change anything. Glendale is one of only two cities in Southern California that does not require a business license to operate, and the conditional-use permit is the only mechanism the city has to regulate business activities and try to keep them on the straight and narrow.
This wasn't about a particular operator, the kind of restaurant it was and certainly not the ethnicity of the owner. We wanted to give this guy a shot, even though he walked into a space with a lot of baggage attached. Our target was the conditional-use permit.