Next week, the Washington State Liquor Control Board is hosting its first public hearing on Seattle's petition to allow cities to set later bar hours in specific nightlife districts (back story here).
The fun goes down on Monday, March 12 at 10:30 am at City Hall.
The mayor, city council, city attorney's office, and Seattle police department all agree the proposal will quell the violence associated with the uniform 2:00 am bar pushout. However, given that the hearing is being held in the middle of a Monday morning, my gut tells me we're going to be hearing a lot of hysterical, fear-fueled propaganda from shut-ins explaining how later bar hours will push Seattle into the third circle of Hell. (Who else has the leisure time to testify on a Monday morning? Do bar owners and bartenders even rise before noon?)
So if you like the idea of living in a real city that allows adults to drink responsibly past 2:00 am, make the time to come testify in favor of this proposal. Or, if you absolutely can't spare the time, email the WSLCB a quick haiku of support.