Representative Zepnick’s comments about local business way off base
Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan January 21, 2015
I have worked closely with state Rep. Josh Zepnick on many different issues affecting the 8th District and the city over the years, but I am exceedingly disappointed by his comments regarding a well-respected, tax-paying business which has a location in my district.
In a social media posting shown to me today, Rep. Zepnick disparages Sobelman’s restaurant and its owner, Dave Sobelman, for Dave’s opposition to the proposed downtown streetcar. He goes on to suggest that the city reconsider granting his restaurant sidewalk seating permission this for the summer 2015 season!
Dave has been outspoken about his opposition to the streetcar, but he is obviously exercising his constitutional right to speak up for what he believes in. I support businesses across the board, and I respect everyone’s right to voice their opinion. But to suggest that the city retaliate by denying the restaurant’s outdoor sidewalk seating is absolutely ridiculous and not the way we do business.
For Rep. Zepnick to resort to this level is unacceptable, and I believe he owes Mr. Sobelman a public apology.
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