One of the first votes I cast as a young, uneducated voter was to dissolve the Shoreline government and basically replace it with one that

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Another Reason Annexation and Incorporation Are So Important: Strip Club Busts

One of the first votes I cast as a young, uneducated voter was to dissolve the Shoreline government and basically replace it with one that would be more favorable to Sugar's, a Frank Colacurcio-owned strip club on Aurora Avenue. Not that I was a big Sugar's fan--I've never actually been there--but the idea of a strip club undoing a prudish municipality had a lot of anti-authoritarian appeal to an immature 20-year-old weaned on Adam Sandler movies.

11 years later, they're still going at it. A federal judge--Marsha Pechman, of Sonics trial fame--just ruled that Shoreline can enforce its four-foot rule by going into strip clubs and making mass arrests of dancers. (Seattle voters, if you'll recall, shot down their own four-foot rule in 2006.) This, folks, is reason #1,000 why annexation and incorporation are so important--the busts may never have occurred if Shoreline weren't a city, but if they did, the county would be paying for them, as well as for the high-cost federal litigation.

 
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