FIRST. That law limiting the number of liquor licenses on Carson Street? Gone!
Judge James found that the ordinance was illegal because the city can't create special rules for bars. The city law was "an infringement on the power of the [state] Liquor Control Board and is invalid" becasue state law reserves most power to regulate alcohol for that agency. (P-G, Rich Lord)
Bruce Kraus must be fit to be tied. All his best laid plans gang aft agley.
NOW. That strip club that was supposed to open in the West End? Happening!
A year ago, the City Planning Commission gave the club a negative recommendation. The commission was supposed to send the information to city council so it could hold a public hearing on the matter, but council said it never received any notice.
Club owners appealed to Judge Joe James, who ordered city council to hold a hearing, but according to a letter obtained by Target 11 from the assistant city solicitor, the recommendation was never forwarded to city council.
Finally, after all the delays, James held his own hearing. (WPXI, Rick Earle)
I think we can sum much of this up with, "No politician in any branch, wing, or clique wanted a vote to be held in which the final unanimous decision would be either very illegal or very unpopular."
It's a shame we needed to violate somebody's right to due process to get here. But moving forward, there are a lot of curious questions about the time line and about how and when the news broke that will probably be asked.
AND FINALLY, Council debated prevailing wage legislation for a while today, with special guest stars from both labor and industry. Do read the Rich Lord update for yourself, it's a gooder.
I'll add a couple of tweets:
That's the real "insufferable" thing. Especially if it's strategic, as in: opposing some legislation but not wishing to be put on the spot to say so and why. I'll take a "squabbling" member present over a dignified member absent any day of the week.
#Sigh#, gonna have to watch this one before the final vote. I wonder will that come this year or next? Kind of makes a difference.
I got no beefs with Dowd, but is he implying that he lacks such a personality? City Council is all pots and no kettles sometimes.
Well that sounds like something which probably happened.
At any rate, the reason I include prevailing wage legislation in this post is that even if we pass it, Judge James will probably overturn it because it makes life too pleasant for the yinzers.