Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Check-cashing Business at Lincoln and Altadena

From the Star News, December 20, 2006

An article titled "Residents up in arms over check-cashing business" talks about the proposed check-cashing business that will be one of the tenants at the now under-construction retail and office space at the corner of Lincoln Ave and Altadena Drive.

A flurry of emails described it as "the kiss of death to any quality we expect," a lure of crime and blight and a dangerous legacy to the area's children.

The issue is that it will be located across the street from George's Liquor and that the combination of a liquor store and check-cashing business has driven up crime for similar combinations in Altadena.

Our own Meadows resident and Altadena Towncouncilperson, Dennis Bridwell, is quoted in the article and stated that he is confident that the owners could be convinced that the check-cashing business would not be a good investment.

One owner, Elizabeth Szkiba, was quoted by Towncouncilperson Michele Zack, as saying, "I've invested a lot of money, and when you people are paying my bills, then maybe I'll listen to your advice."

I'll post more news as it becomes available.

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