Understanding the holdup on casino liquor license — Glendale Star

To understand what is holding up the liquor license application of Desert Diamond Casino-West Valley, one has to look at the entire liquor license procedure. Although there may be individuals and/or groups in the West Valley who believe there is a conspiracy to deny the casino a liquor license, such, in fact, may not be the case. Instead, it could be a simple case of bureaucracy gone wild.

First, an applicant, in this case, Desert Diamond Casino-West Valley, or Tohono O’odham Gaming Enterprise, must submit an application to the Arizona Department of Liquor Licenses and Control. Once the application is received by the ADLLC, it is posted at the site of the proposed license and on the ADLLC website.

Individuals or businesses within a one-mile radius of the proposed license site have 105 days to either write letters of support or protest. If a license is protested, a hearing of the State Liquor Board is held. But the hearing can be postponed for as long as it takes investigators from the ADLLC to complete a report of their findings.

After sending questions via email to the ADLLC – first to investigator Wes Kuhl, then being referred to ADLLC deputy director Michael Rosenberger, emails were exchanged with the following questions and answers:

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