Convenience store owners are now required to provide
for all employees.
They also must register with the city.
And remove obstructions and clutter from the windows to
And by 2010 they have to install working security
Councilmember Jarvis Johnson says he thinks this is a
But he says lawmakers need to talk about some of the
store owners who
perpetuate criminal activity.
“Many of these store owners, when I say they are
perpetuating the crime that means that they are selling
single cigarettes and they’re selling crack pipes that
look like little glass roses. And when they’re doing
things like that we certainly have to take a stronger
look and say what is it that we need to do from the
city’s vantage point to send a strong message to those
Councilmember Sue Lovell agreed, saying in her
district some of the stores
even sell knives and swords.
Mayor Bill White says there’s not much the city can do
to regulate the sale of
those products outside of what’s already covered under
state and federal law.
But he says the city may be able to ask store owners to
sign a public affadavit,
acknowledging the products they sell.
“I’m not going to tell you that we’re going to
solve all crime everywhere, but it’s a series of steps
where we focus on prevention that helps us reduce
Councilmembers also discussed other safety measures
they may require in the
future, including more outdoor lighting on store
Laurie Johnson. Houston Public Radio News.