Friday, June 01, 2007

Seattle Nightlife ordinances - take action

I've been semi-casually following the Seattle Nightlife Ordinances that have been under discussion for 6 months or so, and have done my part to contact these folks and let them know where I stand. I hope you'll do the same. It really does matter.

Here's the latest from the Seattle Nightlife and Music Association, and how YOU, dear reader, can help keep this junk from messing up our rock-n-roll.

From The Seattle Nightlife and Music Association (SNMA)

Yesterday City Council member’s Clark and Drago issued a press release and briefing paper outlining a series of proposals in response to the Mayor’s proposed nightlife regulations. The press release is available at and the briefing paper at

The two council members are proposing a series of actions that if, taken together, would be for more egregious than what the mayor originally proposed. These actions include:

Embracing the mayor’s proposal of creating a new nightlife license which would be used to close down clubs at the discretion of the city.

Significantly increases fines for noise violations from $500 up to $6000.

Amends the current nuisance ordinance so the city could more easily close down clubs.

Requests the mayor to consider even more regulations on nightlife establishments.

If this entire package were to be adopted, Seattle would have some of the most stringent nightlife regulations in the country.

It appears that Council member Clark is intent on seeking approval of all elements of the package! This would have a devastating impact our music industry!!

Your voice needs to be heard now and loud.

First, email the City Council members today. And then attend the June 4th public hearing on this package. It begins at 5:30. Get there early to sign up! This hearing is in the City Council Chambers on the 2nd floor of City Hall located at 600 - 4th Ave downtown.

Below are the emails to the council members: 684-8803 684-8802 ** 684-8805 684-8806** 684-8801 684-8807** 684-8800 684-8808** 684-8804**

** indicates these members are up for reelection this year. Peter Steinbrueck is not seeking reelection and this will be an open seat.

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