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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Everyone Loves Teen Dances

posted by on January 10 at 17:14 PM

The mayor and city attorney have each sent separate letters to the liquor control board opposing provisions in its nightclub license legislation that would have the effect of banning all-ages shows. As I reported in this week’s paper, City Attorney Tom Carr’s letter expressed concern “that the new legislation could effectively eliminate musical shows available to persons under 21” and suggested requiring that minors be excluded from shows “or effectively segregated” from drinkers after 11 pm. Today, Mayor Greg Nickels followed up, “oppos[ing] provisions in the Liquor Control Board’s proposed legislation that would limit the ability of clubs in Seattle to hold all ages dances and shows.”

Bully for them. Now if only they’d drop their support for a citywide nightclub license that places unreasonable restrictions on clubs that offer live music.

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I TOTALLY AGREE. The current system of sill Good Neighbor agreements and unequal enforcement most based on crappy neighbors is working sooooo well.

Posted by StrangerDanger | January 10, 2007 6:09 PM

SD - Erica is correct, the Mayor's nightclub ordinance is silly. There are plenty of laws on the books to deal with the problem venues out there. In fact, Erica should prove this by doing a public records request for the files of Larry's or Mr Lucky's. What she'd find would show that the LCB, SPD and SFD found many laws being violated at both clubs and just walked away. If they would have done their jobs and enforced the laws already on the books, these places would have been closed. Instead they failed the public and now the electeds, instead of getting the law enforcers to do their jobs want to create new laws. More layers of regulation isn't what's needed. Get rid of the ludicrous good neighbor agreements, get rid of the stupid nightlcub ordinance and enforce the laws on the books.

Posted by Meinert | January 10, 2007 10:16 PM

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