Meet the Ladies Who'll Decide if We Can Drink All Night

The three members of the state Liquor Control Board hold all the cards on McGinn's nightlife initiative.

As you've no doubt heard by now, Mayor McGinn's nightlife initiative, unveiled last week, proposes to do away with a mandated last call, allowing bars to keep serving as long as they like, or never stop serving at all.Many in Seattle, including quite a few staffers of this paper, are very high on this idea. But, as with the replacement of the state-owned, state-funded viaduct, we don't get to make our own choices on this matter. The State Liquor Board controls the rules of the drinking game.So let's meet the three ladies who currently serve on that board, shall we, and suss out our chances of getting all-night pours:1. Ruthann Kurose. A resident of Mercer Island (home to approximately two bars), Kurose has been on the board since January 2007, which makes her the veteran. She has also served on the boards of KCTS, the Seattle Center Academy (an arts program for 7th and 8th graders), and the Children's Campaign Fund (a PAC that tries to elect kid-friendly legislators). The only professional experience she's had that might suggest expertise in heavy, late-night drinking is as a one-time legislative aide to then-Rep. Mike Lowry.2. Linda Bremer. The board's most recent addition, Bremer previously served as the liquor control agency's IT director, which means she is at least likely to have a strong familiarity with energy drinks. The rest of her varied career experience includes "project management; business management tools; customer relations; partnership building; strategic planning; policy development; and human resource issues." There is no mention in her online bio of all-night partying, though that's perhaps implied.3. Sharon Foster. Appointed as board chair last August, Foster spent two decades as a lobbyist, representing such clients as the Council of Youth Agencies, Community Mental Health, and NARAL—whose positions on round-the-clock boozing are, at best, unknown. Before that, she worked for the YMCA. According to her bio, "Sharon was raised in Mt. Vernon, WA and now resides in Olympia with her husband Dean. They have 5 children and enjoy many wonderful grandchildren." The bio adds: "She dreams of a world in which those grandchildren can move to Capitol Hill, stay out drinking until 4 or 5 in the morning, and then ride home on a bus, thanks to a mayor who thinks progressively and brings all parties together."Yep, McGinn's proposal should see smooth sailing from here, we think.

 
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