San Lorenzo Express News

No More Private Parties in Bockman Road Stores

NOVEMBER 10, 2000 (updated NOV. 16)

The owner of a Bockman Road retail center has been cited for unlawfully leasing stores for private parties. Citations were issued a week after a melee at the center ignited village residents to action, including complaints to the county planning department.

On the night of Oct. 21 a brawl erupted while two large parties were in progress at the center. Three men involved in the fracas were stabbed.

The retail center, owned by George Chang of San Francisco, has two empty stores -- 1311 and 1349 Bockman -- that Chang had been renting for large private parties. Chang does not have a "conditional use permit" for such events at these locations. A conditional use permit is issued by the county Zoning Administrator only after the county planning department has studied the consequences of the proposed use and a public hearing has been held.

According to the county Zoning Administrator, Daryl Gray, Chang was cited for unlawful events under county ordinances that permit the county's planning department to enforce zoning laws. Gray noted that police can stop an event if the event poses an immediate threat to public safety.

Sources include The Daily Review and San Leandro Times