For those of you who care to print it out and memorize it, Mayor Mike McGinn's Nightlife Initiative in its entirety is here (.pdf). The mayor is celebrating all eight points of the plan "to create a safe and vibrant nighttime economy" at a public party tonight at the Century Ballroom at 7:00 p.m. Nightlife will be toasted, drinks will be drunk, and acoustic music compliments of School of Rock will be played.
Aside from the meat-head and noise ordinances, which have been championed by city council members Nick Licata and Sally Clark respectively, the mayor's initiative will examine how to beef up late-night transportation to get drinkers home safe. “Obviously, extending transit hours is a challenge right now because of budget issues, but having a long-term plan that accommodates late-night transit users is vital,” explains council member Mike O’Brien. O’Brien says the taxi commission is briefing him on ways to create taxi stands in late-night, high traffic areas.
The plan also proposes that bars and clubs submit calendars of events to SPD, which would allow officers working different beats to plan on how to allocate resources. And it would require all bar and nightclub security staff take SPD safety training classes, which are now electively offered to private businesses. “We’ve seen that well-trained security tends to be more friendly and welcoming with patrons because they know their jobs,” says Assistant Police Chief Mike Sanford.
Other points the initiative hits aren't new, like bar- and club-related "code compliance enforcement," "professional development" and "precinct community outreach," but they're being handled differently. "For the past few months we've had two groups handling the outreach with clubs and troubleshooting with different precincts and the community, and it's been pretty successful," says James Keblas, director of the City Office of Film and Music. "The key to the whole proposal is being proactive instead of reactive. We've learned that with simple communication and early intervention, we can get ahead of issues before they become chronic problems."