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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Strip Clubs to Oppose Steinbrueck Legislation

posted by on April 25 at 16:54 PM

Strip club lobbyist Tim Killian says his clients will oppose new legislation sponsored by city council member Peter Steinbrueck that would limit strip clubs to areas 800 feet or more from schools, parks, day cares, and community centers. “There’s nothing necessitating this move,” Killian says. “They haven’t laid out any rational reasons for taking this step.”

Killian notes that there have been no applications for new strip clubs since voters rejected the four-foot rule last year, despite the fact that strip clubs are now allowed in all areas of the city where performing-arts theaters are permitted. (A map of those areas can be found here.) And he calls the new proposal too restrictive, because it would limit strip clubs to a very small area of the city that could get smaller. (Including, as this map, shows, the land currently occupied by Qwest and Safeco Fields.) “It severely restricts where these clubs can go, and in short order—two, three, five years out—this map is going to be even more restrictive, as more of these land uses, like child care centers, open up,” Killian says.

Steinbrueck, for his part, has noted that just because no one has applied for a strip-club license yet, that’s no reason to believe no one ever will. And he points out that his proposal is far less restrictive than the mayor’s, which would have restricted clubs to a small area of South Seattle near Georgetown. “This is an attempt to liberalize legislation proposed by the mayor,” Steinbrueck says. “Itís not my goal to unduly restrict strip clubs—itís to apply a common set of principles to every neighborhood.”

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Looks like Peter Steinbrueck's campaign for mayor just blew a tire. Three more to go!

Posted by Gummy Johnson | April 25, 2007 5:04 PM

Pssst, Peter. If it's not broken, then don't fix it.

Also, does this mean any Christian asshole can shut down a club by opening a daycare center next door?

Posted by Sean | April 25, 2007 5:09 PM

we should be just like Portland. but we're just like Cincinnati. no fun.

looking as strippers must be done stone cold sober, under flourescent lights, & filled with liberal guilt.

Peter, why do you give a fuck? can you point to any REAL harm that has been done by the proximity of a strip club to a daycare center?

Posted by maxsolomon | April 25, 2007 5:26 PM

Um, would it be cynical to guess that this move is intended to allow him to woo votes from both anti-regulationists ("I abhorred the Mayor's proposal!"), and bluenoses ("I kept these dens of iniquity away from our precious children!")?

Posted by fixo | April 25, 2007 5:56 PM

someone's got to put a stop to all those kids sneaking out of daycare to get lap dances...

Posted by wf | April 25, 2007 6:17 PM

While we're at it, let's get buddy booths and locking doors on the booths in porn arcades. And stop worry about the one per person booth rule. Lighten up, Seattle!

Posted by Normal guy | April 25, 2007 7:18 PM

How about a law that would limit schools, parks, day cares, and community centers from opening 800 feet from strip clubs?

Posted by elswinger | April 26, 2007 11:20 AM

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