That's gotta hurt. One of Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn's biggest goals and campaign promises - encompassed in the Seattle Nightlife Initiative, which, among other things, sought to allow Seattle bars to stay open later to help "create a safe and vibrant nighttime economy" in our city - went down in flames this morning, with the Washington State Liquor Control Board ruling just moments ago against allowing bars to stay open past the statewide 2 a.m. closing time.
While McGinn, area bar owners, Seattle Police and most members of Seattle Weekly's staff supported the idea of allowing bars to stay open later than 2 a.m., the idea was not a hit with the likes of the Washington's Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs and many suburban police departments, who predicted a major increase in dangerous drunks on the road had the plan been put into action.
Now, by rule of the Washington State Liquor Control Board, that ain't going to happen. Bars in Seattle will continue to close at 2 a.m. - meaning one more of McGinn's big ideas appears dead.