you learn something new every day
the overwhelming consensus from residents, business owners, bar owners and community leaders was NOT to punish licensed establishments across the board for the misbehavior of a guilty few, and the entire room was collectively relieved and encouraged that no one had any interest in acting on the license commission recommendation to roll back hours across the city. (comments by commissioners made it clear that the nomination of which was more of a presentation of a stark alternative in order to motivate fair compromise than a serious suggestion, which is disappointing they lacked better trust in the other parties to have brought it up in the first place, but encouraging that they're right here with everyone else in wanting to preserve and protect successful, responsible enterprise). the police suggestions of altering closing-hour activities by barring late entry, stopping entertainment with enough time before closing to enable sufficient "winding down" for patrons, and monitoring doorways were accepted wholesale by the city council, and referred to city manager lynch for construction into actionable ordinances upon which they could vote at the earliest responsible opportunity. (perhaps not by this coming tuesday owing to the packet deadline of today, but likely within a week's time after that).
i like the sound of the proposals, will wait patiently for the city manager to craft the legislation and the council to properly deliberate and take action, and look forward to supporting my local establishments with my usual uninterrupted zeal. (the fundraising show at the old court for one of the victims of downtown violence, james mcswain, is tonight at 8pm, featuring the subprime lenders, the abbadons, and MED).
the license commission said loud and clear they want to be able to take action. it's now up to us to work with the city to craft the right legislative language for the new regulations, and to help the police in documenting any and all violations so that the entire process can be made to work to the advantage of all. everybody wants all the restaurants, bars and clubs to succeed responsibly. the owners want to succeed responsibly. let's help them!