Seattle nightlife – 911!

For those still haunted by Seattle's former Teen Dance Ordinance, it's time for our own call to action. The following email has appeared in my inbox three times today already.

If you feel so inspired…..

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Last Thursday, the City Council's Neighborhoods and Economic
Development committee passed a reasonable package of new nightlife
rules which creates an advisory board, requires some nightlife
businesses to develop security plans, and adds additional enforcement
staffing for the city. This package can be viewed at
http://www.seattle.gov/council/issues/nighlife_ord.htm.

However, a last minute push by Councilmembers Jan Drago and David
Della has put the mayor's license proposal back on the table. The new
proposal can be viewed here
(http://seattlenma.org/downloads/prpsd_ntlf_lic_ord.pdf). This new
license, combined with the new rules the committee has already passed,
makes this new package as extreme – if not more – than what the mayor
proposed. In addition, the council is working on a new noise ordinance
which has yet to be made public, but is expected to be voted on next
Thursday, August 16. The council is now contemplating even more
regulation than the Mayor proposed!

Here is what we need you to do:

• Contact the members of the city council and tell them you support
the package that the committee has approved and we don't need a
license. They should just vote on what they have in front of them NOW
and move on.

• Please contact the City Council today! Councilmembers email
addresses are listed below.

• Attend the Monday, August 13th 2 PM City Council meeting and
testify. You will have only two minutes, and they limit the total time
allotted for public comment so sign up early!

• Attend the Thursday, August 16th, 6 PM meeting of council's
Neighborhoods and Economic Development Committee at the Highpoint
Community Center – 6920 34th Ave SW. Testimony will be taken at the
beginning of the meeting.

• Forward this information to your friends and colleagues asking them to
voice their support of nightlife in Seattle. Neighborhood activists and
the Mayor have been pounding on City Councilmembers these last few
months. Our voice needs to be heard! Contact the councilmembers today!

Seattle City Council:
Sally Clark – [email protected]
Richard Conlin – [email protected]
David Della – [email protected]
Jan Drago – [email protected]
Jean Godden – [email protected]
Nick Licata – [email protected]
Richard McIver – [email protected]
Tom Rasmussen – [email protected]
Peter Steinbrueck – [email protected]