Seattle Office of Film + Music


THE SEATTLE TIMES WEIGHS IN ON EXTENDED BAR HOURS

The Seattle Times
Following the news that the Seattle City Council unanimously passed a proposal to apply to the Washington State Liquor Board for extended bar hours, The Seattle Times writer Nicole Brodeur contemplated the pros and cons of this potential change in her latest column. Her biggest concerns? Patrons continuing to drink and bar crawl through the extended hours created, disrupting neighborhoods already impacted by high pedestrian traffic from nightlife businesses. But talking with nightclub owner Marcus Lalario, who also sits on the Seattle Music Commission, Brodeur puts forth the benefits that can occur from extending nightlife hours in Seattle. In addition to the possible $3 million extra revenue, it will ensure that people are more easily able to catch cabs, give restaurants the choice to extend their hours too for more nighttime business, and draw more tourists to the city. Also included in Brodeur’s column is a conversation with the Downtown Seattle Association’s Jon Schole and a study done by the Responsible Hospitality Institute that examines how Seattle would react to a pilot program of extended bar hours.

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SEATTLE CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES RESOLUTION TO EXTEND NIGHTLIFE SERVICE HOURS

City of Seattle
The City Council unanimously approved a resolution today supporting efforts to petition the Washington State Liquor Control Board (LCB) for extended nightlife service hours. This move pushes forward Mayor Mike McGinn’s Nightlife Initiative, which addresses public safety concerns along with the needs of businesses and the market demands of both residents and visitors. A two-step process for extending service hours requires that a resolution be sent to the LCB to set a regulatory framework to allow for these extended hours and, if these proposed rule changes are adopted, for Mayor McGinn, the City Council and the City Attorney to work on a specific proposal for Seattle. Nightlife establishments are currently not allowed to serve alcohol between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.

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CITY TO ADD MORE TAXI STANDS AS PART OF SEATTLE NIGHTLIFE INITIATIVE
July 22, 2011, 10:21 am
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KOMO News
As the city moves forward with the extended service hours portion of the Seattle Nightlife Initiative, it is also beginning to address safety issues around transportation once bars close their doors for the night. Starting this month and in August, late-night taxi zones will be installed in five of Seattle’s busiest bar districts to encourage people to not drink and drive. These zones would allow up to four taxi cabs at a time to line up curbside from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. and wait for customers.

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MAYOR MIKE MCGINN ANNOUCES PLANS FOR EXTENDED SERVICE HOURS FOR SEATTLE NIGHTLIFE

City of Seattle
At a press conference this morning, Mayor Mike McGinn announced the city’s plan to petition the Washington State Liquor Control Board (LCB) to extend service hours for city nightlife as part of the Seattle Nightlife Initiative.  He cited the problem of a mass 2 am push out of people when bars close, challenged police resources, and the overall growth of Seattle as an entertainment and culture hub as reasons for this change. If the petition passes, it would set a precedent for rolling closing times for bars and clubs, and eventually allow some establishments to stay open 24 hours a day. Seattle City Councilmember Tim Burgess and City Attorney Pete Holmes both spoke in support of the measure at the conference. The petition to change current service rules will be submitted to the LCB by August 31, where the LCB will have 60 days to decide whether to begin making changes to the existing rules. Mayor McGinn hopes to have the new policies in place by early 2012.



SEATTLE NIGHTLIFE INITIATIVE MOVES FORWARD WITH STREET METER PRE-PAYMENT OPTION

Seattle Nightlife Initiative
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Mayor Mike McGinn has announced a pre-payment option for those who park their cars before going out and updated the public on the Nightlife Initiative’s Code Compliance Team, taxi zones and a new Amplified Sound Rule for the city. Starting April 21, people will see new blue and yellow informational stickers on the pay stations in the Pike-Pine and Capitol Hill neighborhoods. The stickers explain that after 10 p.m. two hours of parking for the following morning from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. can be purchased to give drivers more time to get home safely and retrieve their vehicles the next day. The stickers will eventually be applied to all pay stations. These new initiatives will create a more comprehensive city stance on nightlife and increase citizen safety while bolstering Seattle businesses. The Amplified Sound Rule will benefit music venues and nightclubs, as well as local residents, clearly defining the previously ambiguous policies and regulations on noise. For more information on the new initiatives, check out the links above.

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PICTURE PERFECT: 2010 MUSIC WRAP-UP

Crosscut
With the arrival of 2011, now is the time to reflect back upon 2010’s busy and exciting music scene. The Crosscut article above discusses highlights from all arenas of Seattle’s music community; bands, record labels, festivals, the Music Commission and Nightlife Initiative and theaters are all covered. Looking back at City Arts’ inaugural music festival, Shabazz Palaces’ contract with Sub Pop, the Hard Rock Café’s arrival in Seattle, we remember that 2010 was a fantastic year in local music. Other publications offer their insights of the year’s musical successes and failures: see an “Incomplete History of Seattle Music in 2010” here, listen to music experts Josh Powell, Dana Bos and Larry Mizell Jr. discuss 2010’s tunes here and download Seattle Times’ Andrew Matson’s Seattle pop music mixtape, A Very Good Year, 2010 here. Here’s to hoping 2011 is just a fantastic!

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