Being that Frank Colacurcio Sr., 89, has a 64-year long criminal record, did six tours in prison, and has been convicted of racketeering, it's not surprising the mayor thinks Colacurcio's nude dance club, Rick's in Lake City, is linked with organized crime. "I believe that there is organized crime involved in at least that club and perhaps others," Greg Nickels said on the Seattle Channel this week. Though he was echoing a chorus of local and federal cops who've chased after Frank before Nickels was born, the mayor based his claim in part on unproved criminal allegations that Colacurcio and friends and family conspired to influence city council races in 2003, the scandal known as Strippergate.
The question is: If Nickels thinks Rick's nightclub is operated by big-time crime, why is it still open? As a police internal investigations report of 2004 notes, "Rick's Nightclub is a well known, documented vice location that has generated numerous criminal complaints, arrests and allegations of misconduct involving city officials [Strippergate]." Perhaps an even more pertinent question is why Nickels and City Hall are instead putting their enforcement emphasis on the hippie-dippie Blue Moon and other Seattle neighborhood and music hangouts whose worst offenses are not dealing swiftly with smalltime misdemeanants?