• Matt Esnayra

JP23's Long Beach location could be shut down for operating without an entertainment permit


Long Beach officials denied a business license application to JP23 for not operating with an entertainment license when the bar held a three-day Super Bowl event, the Post reports.

What's happening: JP23's owner, Jacob Poozhikala, was denied a business license for the Long Beach location, after being served with nine misdemeanor citations and two notices of violations since last September.


What's next: The matter goes before the Long Beach City Council who will meet on April 12.

  • Long Beach's financial management director Kevin Riper sent a letter to JP23 that the bar has a "history of repeated non-compliance" with the City's regulations and could be deemed a public nuisance.

  • City officials initially granted JP23 a temporary conditional business license back in November. Still, it claims that JP23 went ahead with a Super Bowl party that included T-Pain and Busta Rhymes despite not having an entertainment license, per the LB Post.

Catch up fast: JP23 gained notoriety last year after a 22-year-old student alleged she was drugged at JP23's Fullerton location and later sexually assaulted in a nearby parking structure. Her story went viral and would ignite an outcry by multiple women claiming they had similar experiences at the bar.


What they're saying:

JP23's lawyer Ethan Reimers responded to the City in a letter, that "JP23's applications for the proper permitting and licensure, as well as its extensive good faith efforts to work with the City, cannot be discounted."


 


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