Mayor Nancy Vaughan has scheduled two virtual town hall meetings to discuss what is being called a “safety/security ordinance.”
The virtual meetings will be held Monday, April 26 from 2 to 3 p.m. and Monday, May 10 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Although it is now being called a “safety/security ordinance” there is, according to Vaughan, no proposed ordinance, but the proposal is similar to the restaurant and bar ordinance that was proposed by Vaughan in response to the record breaking number of homicides in 2020.
That proposed ordinance was discussed in general terms by the City Council at a work session on Jan. 5, 2021 and would apply to all businesses that had a license for onsite alcohol consumption.
These town hall meetings are in response to the stabbings that took place at Tranquilo Bar and Restaurant on April 11. Tranquilo has since had its alcohol license suspended by the ABC Board.
After the stabbings at Tranquilo, Vaughan on her Facebook page posted, “This is a public safety issue. I’m going to move forward with the proposed public hearings to get the input from stakeholders. That means anyone who has an interest in this ordinance (owners, promoters, patrons, law enforcement or the general public.)”
The ordinance previously proposed by Vaughan would require businesses that had onsite alcohol consumption licenses to hire security guards if a homicide, aggravated assault or robbery with a dangerous weapon occurred anywhere on their premises, including parking lots utilized by the patrons of the business.
When the ordinance was being discussed earlier this year as a response to the 61 homicides in 2020, City Councilmember Marikay Abuzuaiter pointed out that only two of those homicides occurred at businesses that would be covered by the proposed ordinance.
The city was also threatened with a lawsuit from an attorney representing a number of restaurants.
To sign up for the April 26 meeting you can use this link: April 26 Zoom .
And for the May 10 meeting: May 10 Zoom .