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Protesters demand last call for North Park bar

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NORTH PARK (CBS 8) - Some neighbors say patrons from the Bluefoot Bar and Lounge are causing all sorts of chaos that lands right on their doorsteps, and now the bar is fighting to expand its hours.

Don Leichtling is one of several North Park residents demanding last call at Bluefoot, which they say is the source of an increasing crowd of drunken patrons, noise, trash, traffic and crime that is changing the face of their quiet community.

"We're trying to raise families here. We had a guy one morning sleeping out here on our patio furniture," resident Mark Nail said.

Bluefoot owners are currently looking to expand their hours under their neighborhood use permit, which would allow them to serve alcohol until 2 a.m. seven days a week instead of three. But residents want the North Park Planning Committee to deny their request and cut off serving hours at midnight.

"We think everybody should go by the golden rule: be treated like you want to be treated instead of just going for the gold," Leichtling said.

"There's 15 bars with liquor licenses here, we're the only bar in North Park that has to shut down at midnight Sunday through Thursday," Bluefoot co-owner Cuong Nguyen said.

Bluefoot owners say they've been good, respectable neighbors, and have even hired a noise enforcement officer to help monitor the neighborhood once the bar closes. They say they're operating within their rights, and believe neighbors are unfairly targeting their establishment.

"Do we condone people urinating in a person's yard? Of course not. Do we try to do everything we can? One hundred percent," Nguyen said.

Both sides say if the committee vote doesn't go their way Tuesday night, they will appeal the decision, which means this issue will move on to the San Diego Planning Commission.

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