Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Yo! Adrian. Don't give in.

In a move that screams LAME, Sens Dianne Feinstein (CA) and Bob Bennett (UT) have sent a letter to DC Mayor Adrian Fenty and Council Chair Vincent Gray requesting a reversal of last week's passage of the extended bar hours during inauguration.
“With projections as high as 4 million people planning to visit the city during this time period,” the two senators wrote, “we are deeply concerned that the plan approved by the City Council could seriously strain law enforcement resources that need to be focused on the large crowds and security requirements of the Inaugural and its impact on the city.”
Forget safety, we know how to protect ourselves (remember - SCOTUS let us keep our guns). The move to reverse seems simply irrational given the economic stimulus this could provide to our fair city and small business owners. So rather than throw out the idea altogether, why not consider a compromise? Here's an idea: a percentage of the money spent between 2am-5am could go to our failing school system. Beers for books. Whachoo say, DiFi?

UPDATE: Sign the petition to Save the Parties.


Jesse B said...

For your learned audience:

Statement of Chairman Vincent C. Gray In Response to Letter from Senators Dianne Feinstein and Robert Bennett

The District of Columbia continues to make preparations to host a record number of people for this historic Presidential Inauguration, and public safety and security, of course, are a high priority.

While I respect the views of Senators Feinstein and Bennett, having venues available for residents and visitors alike in which to spend time during the Inaugural celebrations for President-Elect Barack Obama will provide entertainment options in organized settings for people.

The legislation passed by Council of the District of Columbia last week to extend the hours that alcoholic beverages can be served in bars, nightclubs and restaurants is not unprecedented. On New Year’s Eve, a night of large crowds and celebrations, the city allows alcoholic beverages to be served until 4 AM. And, current law permits the sale of alcoholic beverages until 3 AM on Friday and Saturday nights.

However, I look forward to further dialogue with the Senators on this issue, as we work together to make this the best inaugural experience in our nation’s history.


Julia said...

Thanks, Jesse. This is good news. Very good news.