Politics Veto Proof?
posted by September 21 at 16:20 PMon
After the City Council passed night club license legislation earlier this week (without a night club license as part of the legislation), Council Member Nick Licata told me he was happy to get 6 votes because quote: “Six votes sends a strong message to the mayor that the council is united,” Licata says. “He can’t veto this ordinance.”
Word from the second floor (council offices) is that Nickels is, in fact, thinking of vetoing the legislation. Nickels spokesperson Marianne Bichsel confirmed that Nickels is weighing that option, and we will know on Monday what his decision is.
And Licata may be wrong that the votes are there to override. The veto-proof 6-vote bloc that passed the license included Sally Clark, Jan Drago, and David Della. Those Council Members really weren’t happy with the final outcome, but voted for it anyway to pass something. Bichsel said that Nickels staffers, such as council liason Emily East and Deputy Mayor Tim Ceis have been talking to Council Members this week.
I can certainly see Clark or Della or Drago (or all three) refusing to override the veto.
Although, that’ll still mean there’s no license.
However, it will torpedo the nightlife commission that the legislation empowered to call the shots on nightclub licensing.