There's a corner of University Avenue in San Diego that's home to a store called University Market. It's also home to a Buddhist Temple, a mosque and an Islamic parochial school.
So when University Market applied for a beer and wine license, and got a favorable recommendation from the police department, a lot of neighbors rose up … many of them Somalis.
Ahmed Malinomar, a Somali community leader in San Diego, said liquor licenses are magnets for crime and loitering, and they create even more troubles for low-income neighborhoods like City Heights. He added that the number of liquor stores in City Heights is depressing.