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Shortly after my post today--in which I reported on impresario Dave Meinert and the music community's "values"-based support for mayoral candidate Mike McGinn--Meinert sent out a copy of McGinn's "Music and Nightlife Policy," which will be officially released tomorrow morning. It offers the details that Meinert said at the time he couldn't discuss.
Though McGinn offers no recognition of any financial constraints on anything, the proposals at least acknowledge the tension between creating more density (a key part of the McGinn platform) and the survival of nightlife. The collision of condos and clubs hasn't always gone so well in places like Belltown.
Let's have a look.
• In order to help ensure safety and peace around bars and clubs, late-night patrols should be increased in "hotspot" neighborhoods.
No doubt this is an idea that Mallahan would happily support, too. (In our interview, Meinert criticized Mallahn for his "law and order" attitudes.) How will it be paid for at a time of massive city deficits? That's another question.
• To help cut down on incidents after establishments close, the city should work with the state Liquor Control Board to encourage staggered closing times.
Interesting. Which bar is going to volunteer to close earlier than its competitors?
• To help cut down on drinking and driving, transportation choices such as light rail, taxi service, and buses need to be accessible until at least 3 a.m.
Great idea. Too bad the city does not run the bus system, or light rail, or the privately owned taxis. And at a time when King County Metro can't even afford to continue providing basic bus service during the most heavy commuting times, this is just ridiculous.
NIGHTLIFE & DEVELOPMENT
• New residential development must not be able to drive out existing nightlife establishments.
An inspiring principle. Will be interesting to see under what sort of regulatory scheme it can be legislated and enforced.
• Any new development within the proximity of an existing bar or club should be required to build sound-proofing measures into their plans.
Not going to sit well with the developer allies who funded McGinn's Great City project, so McGinn gets points for bravery here. Maybe he can give them a tax break to pay for it.
• To maintain an open dialogue between the nightlife community and the city, the Seattle Music & Nightlife Association should have quarterly meetings with the mayor.
ENCOURAGING MUSIC AND OTHER ARTS
• The Seattle Office of Film + Music must remain open and active.
Guess that means the "executive and management positions across the government" that McGinn proposes to cut in order to bring the budget under control do not include James Keblas. Sounds good. So which departments get the ax instead?
• In order to help maintain an environment where Seattle's music scene can continue to thrive, the Seattle City of Music Initiative must remain in place and will be improved upon through work with the Seattle Music Commission.
Ditto. Who knew McGinn would run on a platform of Keep Up Greg Nickels' Good Work?
• To further encourage the arts, the next Families and Education Levy should include funding for music and art programs in Seattle public schools.
All told, these proposals seem a mix of the aspirational and the potentially practical, and well-timed for the fundraiser coming up next week. It will be interesting to see if Mallahan makes any response.