Nightlife Advocates Renew Call For Reform
Nightlife Advocates Renew Call For ReformRE: D.C. Nightlife Advocates Renew Call For ABCRegulatory Reform, Launch New Ad Campaign________________________________________________________________________________D.C. nightlife advocates have announcedthe launch this week of a print ad campaignin local city-wide community publications tourge D.C. Councilmembers to enact proposedregulatory reforms currently under review andscheduled to be considered in the first weeks ofthe new year following the current Council recess.Full-page print advertisements call on lawmakersto approve several new Council-initiated reformsto Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) regulationsand identify specific regulatory reforms to bereviewed in January. Previous ad campaignshave generated thousands of messages fromlocal area residents and nightlife consumers toMayor Anthony Williams and D.C. Councilmembersvoicing support for regulatory reform proposals.The weekly ad placements are sponsored bythe Committee for a Living DC (CLDC) and theD.C. Licensed Beverage Association (DCLBA)and will begin appearing in the weekly editionsof the Washington Blade, Washington City Paper,Metro Weekly, and the monthly January editionof The InTowner. The ad will first appear in thisweek's January 2 edition of the Washington Bladeon Page 7.An advance preview of the text of this newprint ad campaign follows below.________________________________________DON'T LET THEM TURN OUT THE LIGHTSON NIGHTLIFE IN THE NATION'S CAPITAL!The Washington, D.C., Council is currentlyreviewing city nightlife laws. Thousands ofresidents and consumers have voiced theirsupport for common-sense regulatory reformto restore balance and end the unpopular andunprecedented prohibitions against music,dancing, DJs, entertainment, and operatinghours imposed by anti-nightlife citizen groupsas small as three individuals. A growingconsensus recognizes that city laws areunfair, unworkable, and threaten the largestprivate sector industry contributing 10% ofWashington's total annual overall tax revenues.Tell D.C. Councilmembers to support a healthyand vibrant community nightlife in the nation'scapital! Tell D.C. Councilmembers Adrian Fenty(D-Ward 4) and Phil Mendelson (D-At Large)to stop unduly burdening and over-regulatinglocal small business venues and inhibiting thecultural and financial vitality of the heartbeatof a world-class city.Urge Council passage of sensible Council-initiatedregulatory reforms designed to:-- Affirm the historic "dual use" principle ofrestaurants as entertainment venues andeliminate all arbitrary food sales quotaswhich currently threaten to close many ofthe city's popular nightlife and dining venues-- Repeal the 14(e) referendum processused by anti-nightlife protestants to denya venue license application or change -- asalready approved by a recent preliminary11-1 Council vote to repeal-- Restore to the law traditional appropriatenessstandards balancing complaints regarding commonurban living issues, such as parking, with benefitsto the local economy, employment, and culture-- Halt ongoing city-wide abuse of the infamousand so-called "Voluntary Agreements" -- hijackedby small anti-nightlife groups to override the city'slicensing laws establishment by establishment -- byoutlawing the now common restrictions on operatinghours and prohibitions of music, entertainment, andadvertising without cause; requiring the solution toany real and documented problems by the leastrestrictive effective remedy available; ending"front-loaded" pre-emptive restrictions; addinga sunset provision; and revising legal "standing"in licensing matters to ensure that proponentsalso have a voice.
THE TIME FOR REFORM IS NOW!
Committee for a Living DCCommitteeforaLivingDC.org
D.C. Licensed Beverage Association
DCLicensedBeverageAssn.orgFrederic Harwood, Executive Director________________________________________________________________________________
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