Head Shop Loses Plea In Concord 

Head Shop Loses Plea In Concord 
Posted by FoM on October 07, 1999 at 13:52:43 PT
Source: San Francisco Chronicle 
Concord The City Council has denied a head shop permission to operate in a strip mall on Monument Boulevard. 
The council's unanimous decision Tuesday came after Gypsy Trader owner Sheraga Raz applied and was denied a permit by the Planning Commission in July. He then appealed to the council. The city ordered the store closed in May after determining that it had been illegally selling pipes, rolling papers and a scale -- items a police lieutenant who visited the store deemed to be drug paraphernalia. Although some city officials felt the shop was an inappropriate business for the location -- the city and property owners in the Monument Boulevard neighborhood are trying to spruce up the corridor which has long been an eyesore -- Councilman Bill McManigal said it was a matter of following proper procedure. ``The whole thing for me was how this was put together from the start,'' McManigal said. ``He opened his store without approval or permits, then did construction. The city told him to shut down and he continued, then demanded an appeal. If he's going to do this, he ought to do it right from the start.'' Neither Raz nor his attorney could be reached for comment. Thursday, October 7, 1999 1999 San Francisco Chronicle  Page A22 Concord, Merchant at Odds Over Smoking Items - 7/23/99
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