2006 Seattle Elections
General Elections Voters' Guide
Referendum 1 - Adult Entertainment Regulation - Statement Against and Rebuttal
Statement Against Referendum Measure No. 1
No Unnecessary Regulations! Vote NO! On Referendum 1
Instead of dealing with more important issues, the City Council, on a 5-4 vote, passed unnecessary and unreasonably restrictive regulations on strip clubs. These include requiring 4 feet between dancers and customers; forbidding dancers from receiving direct tips for their performances; and requiring bright lighting throughout the club.
These Regulations Will Overburden Seattle Police
Seattle police would have to be in the clubs on a regular basis to enforce these restrictions. Surely they have more important duties to perform than monitoring adult customers and dancers. Do we really want to add rulers and light meters to the arsenal of weapons that police carry?
The clubs are at their busiest on weekends when the police are most needed to protect citizens from serious and violent crimes, like car theft, burglaries and DUI’s. Asking the police to enforce these regulations will limit their ability to respond where and when they are needed most.
Their Agenda Is To Shut Down the Clubs
The intended purpose for passing these ‘nanny” laws - that regulate legal choices of consenting adults - is to shut the strip clubs down. One Council member stated the goal was to “lower profits and thereby make them less lucrative.”
These clubs have been part of the Seattle community for decades. They cater only to adults, serve no liquor and have no history of violence, prostitution or illegal drug use. They are licensed, pay taxes, and are already subject to strict regulations.
These Clubs Serve No Alcohol
Compared to many nightclubs that do serve alcohol, Seattle strip clubs currently require much less police oversight and have dramatically fewer incidents of criminal activity. In the past 5 years, there have been no convictions for prostitution or drug use in any Seattle club.
The City Council Should Not Be Our Moral Nanny
The Seattle City Council should focus on more important issues and should not be adding unnecessary burdens to an already overworked police force.
Follow the lead of Council members Jean Godden, Nick Licata, Peter Steinbrueck, and Tom Rasmussen. Reject this referendum.
Vote NO vote on Referendum 1.
STATEMENT SUBMITTED BY: Jack Burns, Gil Levy, Tim Killian
Rebuttal of Statement Against
Don’t be fooled. This referendum isn’t about “protecting your rights.” It’s about wealthy businessmen protecting their revenue source - illegal sexual contact.
There is no question these clubs are magnets for drinking and criminal activity.
Ordinance #121952 is common sense regulation that allows police to enforce the law visually. Policing is easier when there are no dark, private rooms and officers don’t have to purchase lap dances.
Washington and U.S. Supreme Courts have made it clear that Ordinance #121952 does not violate free speech rights. It does not prohibit strip clubs, but it does set reasonable limits on behavior and make those limits enforceable.
Don’t support the convicted felons who brought us “Strippergate.” Without Ordinance #121952 there is nothing to discourage new strip clubs from opening immediately adjacent to residential housing.
Keep Seattle livable. Help our police. Back the Mayor. Support the City Council majority. Vote YES on Referendum 1.
STATEMENT SUBMITTED BY: Vic Webbeking, Committee for Reasonable Regulations, www.WeAreMoreThanOneAndWeTellTheTruth.org