Seattle city leaders have chosen Capitol Hill’s Century Ballroom to publicly outline a new nightlife safety initiative Tuesday night designed to updates the city’s laws regulating restaurants, bars and clubs and reduce criminal activity associated with closing time on the streets of Seattle.
Here’s SeattleCrime’s take on it:
The most exciting and likely-to-be-controversial piece of McGinn’s proposal is the potential for the city to extend cut-off times at bars around Seattle and stagger closing times to, hypothetically, put less strain on police resources. It appears the city—which brought in a consultant to study how other cities have dealt with staggered closing times—would need to appeal any change in liquor service hours to the state liquor board.
McGinn also wants to institute training requirements for club security staff, improve access to taxis and late-night buses (of course), and give police the authority to slap loud, obnoxious patrons with a civil $125 “drunken and disorderly” citation.
The Hill sees its fair share of closing time and late-night weekend assaults and various shenanigans but we mostly have not experienced the more significant violent incidents that continue to make headlines in Belltown or, a few years ago, in Pioneer Square. We’ll look more closely at the Hill’s place in this process soon. Details from the Mayor’s office on the meeting below.
Please join Mayor Mike McGinn, City Councilmember Nick Licata, the Seattle City Council, the city attorney and local nightlife leaders at the Century Ballroom on Capitol Hill tonight for the mayor’s announcement of his Seattle Nightlife Initiative, a proposal for creating a safe and vibrant nighttime economy.
Musicians from the School of Rock will play two unplugged sets during the public event.
A no-host, casual reception will immediately follow at the Tin Table.
WHEN: TONIGHT, 7:00 p.m., Tuesday July 13, 2010
WHERE: Century Ballroom, 915 E Pine