Editorial: Political prohibition fuels license farce — Glendale Star

At this point, it should be clear to anyone that an organized effort is being put forth to stop the Desert Diamond Casino-West Valley from obtaining a state-issued liquor license.

To use a time-worn phrase, it does not take a rocket scientist to detect an obvious attempt to keep the state liquor board from holding a hearing, at which time, an attorney specializing in liquor law would be able to present a case that should result in a positive decision and award of a license by the state liquor board.

Instead, the state liquor department continues its “investigation” of the casino application, even as the same applicant’s name appears on four other liquor licenses issued by the state.

It is understood that each license application is investigated separately. Each site has its own identity, and individual businesses and individuals with different ideas about whether the site is suitable for a liquor license. If there is just one protest filed on an application, a hearing has to be held before the state liquor board.

But, this application has been in the works for almost six months. The protests were filed between Aug. 21 and Sept. 2. That’s just two weeks. The application was filed July 6.

Read the full editorial at the Glendale Star.