Clubs

A majority of the city council reportedly plans to vote against the mayor's proposed nightlife license, in part because new legislation being drafted by Jan Drago and Sally Clark would significantly boost the power of the city to enforce its existing nuisance and noise ordinances. (Clark's office said the legislation would be finalized in the next two weeks.) In addition, legislation was passed in Olympia this session, House Bill 2113, ordering the liquor control board to give "substantial weight" to cities' objections to liquor-license renewals. In other words, if the city council considered a club a nuisance, it could ask the liquor control board to yank the club's license, and the board would have to seriously consider doing so. For years, the mayor and city attorney have complained that they lack strong tools to deal with problem clubs. Tim Hatley, a lobbyist for nightlife businesses in Seattle, says club owners "didn't necessarily think [2113] was needed, but we think it's a good replacement for what the mayor proposed"—a licensing scheme that would have placed onerous new restrictions on clubs and allowed the city to pull licenses for violating the new regulations. ERICA C. BARNETT

Church

The First United Methodist Church, a century-old sanctuary in downtown Seattle that is included on the National Trust's list of the nation's 11 most endangered properties, has been at the center of a 22-year-long battle between church members (who wanted to sell the sanctuary) and preservationists (who wanted it designated a historic landmark). On May 20, church members voted to preserve the church as part of a land deal between the congregation and developer Nitze-Stagen, which will do an "adaptive reuse" of the historic terra-cotta sanctuary. The congregation, according to Friends of First United Methodist founder Jennifer Emerson, will move to a new site in Belltown. ERICA C. BARNETT

Lights

In addition to providing power to Seattle's 375,000 customers, Seattle City Light, the city's electric utility, is also responsible for maintaining and replacing some 80,000 streetlight bulbs. After the windstorm late last year, when SCL diverted its maintenance employees to fixing outages, the utility started falling behind—its backlog growing from 1,600 in January, to 1,960 in February, to 2,227 in March of this year. Compounding the problem is the fact that SCL has more than 90 types of "standard" bulbs. Seattle City Light spokesman Scott Thomsen says the utility is catching up (in part, according to a SCL memo, by pulling retired line workers back on streetlight crews), adding that backlogs tend to be worse during the winter when it's easier to see that lights are out. NANCY DREW