The Manassas Park Governing Board has predictably revoked the Conditional Use Permit of Rack n’ Roll after ignoring extensive evidence of improper behavior by the city. When city officials are complicit in perjury, fabrication of evidence, harassment and abuse of a local business owner who got in the way of their grand designs, it is little wonder that they’re going to vote to shut down Ruttenberg’s business if given the opportunity to do so. This will inevitably lead to more litigation, should Ruttenberg still have some resources in order to appeal to the courts for relief.
At the same time the city is leaving Ruttenberg with little choice but to sell his business and leave, the city has been doing everything possible to block the sale of the business and force Ruttenberg towards personal bankruptcy instead. This doesn’t have anything to do with the rule of law, it is nothing but exacting personal vengeance using the power of government as a convenient weapon. The city has engaged in the production of child pornography in order to smear Ruttenberg. It has shipped drug dealers into the business in order to conduct a raid that would then be used to tarnish Ruttenberg’s reputation. They co-opted Ruttenberg’s employees to have them defy the instructions given to them by their employer in order to facilitate unlawful activity. They threaten Ruttenberg as if the city was a mafia operation. And they run informants into the business on a regular basis to engage in unlawful behavior. The list here is extensive, and thoroughly damning.
Notorious establishments such as the Golden Phoenix were given very different treatment. Don’t remember that place? It was a local hangout for biker gangs, located in the same strip mall as Rack n’ Roll, where the bartender was arrested and convicted for dealing cocaine over the bar, employees would perform homosexual acts on customers in the public areas of the bar, and bikers would do “donuts” with their motorcycles in the bar. Their license, which included hard liquor, was never revoked. Since the place shut down, Manassas Park seems to have been busy destroying all records of the regular police activity at that establishment. I guess even they can be embarrassed.
At some point this is all going to catch up with those responsible for criminal malfeasance, but probably not before Ruttenberg gets to suffer some more. It feels terribly wrong that a decent businessman can be abused so badly by his elected officials, and then has such a hard time getting justice.
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