Bolsavik recounts an interesting story about Tyler Diep and Citryst Restaurant on his blog August 15th.
Apparently having learned a lesson from Andy Quachâ€™sÂ false denial, his fellow member on the Westminster City Council Tyler Diep (pictured) decided to come clean on an issue that has not even been made public yet.
In todayâ€™s issue, Diep speaks to a reporter of Nguoi VietDaily News (not the Bolsavik) and apologizes for his involvement in stopping an investigation of aÂ Little SaigonÂ drinking hole.
The events took place in February 2009, two months after Diep took office. In his public apology, Diep states that as a new council member, he was still â€œinexperiencedâ€ and did things he shouldnâ€™t have.
The drinking hole at issue is Citryst, at Brookhurst and McFadden. On Nguoi Viet,the owner said her place is not a â€œbar.â€ Obviously, whether something counts as a â€œbar,â€ or a â€œpub,â€ or just a plain old drinking hole, is all in the eye of the beholder, and the Bolsavik doesnâ€™t consider it an issue. Read more of Bolsavik’s StoryÂ
Turns out this incidentÂ was the one from February 6, 2009 referenced in the Police Department recommendation to terminate Citryst’s Conditional Use Permit (CUP) that I wrote about on Friday.
I have been getting stonewalled by the Westminster Police Department in responding to my requests for more information, including regarding this specific incident. First they didn’t respond at all, then I received an email from Chief Hall directly saying that they were working on my requests. When I followed up with him a couple days later, he referred me to an attorney working for the city. She told me on Friday that they would “have something for me on Monday.”Â With Tyler’s pre-emptive apology, it seems moreÂ likeÂ a delaying tactic to me rather than waiting for one additional piece of informationÂ as I was told.
From what I can tell, it seems that Tyler and Quach are up to their eyeballs with this restaurant and its problems. No wonder they shoved the CUP suspension off the table. At any rate, as soon as I get the information I have requested from the City, I will share it with you. Something tells me, this will be a busy week.