Well, Immis, I?m not entirely sure you?re right about this. I got the impression that the council as a whole were not particularly interested in permits or registration at the moment and maybe not in July, either. Even the biggest advocate of either of these, was no longer talking about fees or inspections, which in my opinion are worse and worst. The City Attorney pretty much said that inspections, due to Constitutional reasons, were pretty much out of the question.
I would consider these things pretty much wins for the landlords and, in the case of handed down fees, their tenants. Regarding the inspections, that was probably a win for everyone out there, except curmudgeons.
Semi is essentially correct in saying that issue was hardly discussed, and where it was, it was pretty much ?we-can?t-do-it? (inspections) or ?we-don?t-want-to-do-it? (paperwork, licensing or registration. They did come up with a few good ideas and even brought the school to the table, something I never thought would happen (Did you, Semi?), despite their contribution to the problem. That isn?t to say that they won?t consider some of this in July or later.
This is where I agree with you, Immis: the problem won?t go away. Noise, rowdiness, littering, parking and alcohol need to be addressed, and the mechanisms are mostly in place. We still have to see if the city can manage it with what the solutions they proffered. I only have so much faith, but I see their solution as a step in the right direction. Even so, I doubt anyone is going to advocate the same proposal again; in certain regards, they can?t. That?s where I don?t agree, because such a proposal is a political suicide pill.
As far as stall tactics go, Swisher, you could be right, although I suspect that it could be far worse that you think, if this issue remains divisive. As for study it to death? I?m less certain, because I feel that the studies are focusing in on the problem areas and it may actually lead to a solution that most everyone can live with.
As it stands, I think I can live with their decision right now. Too bad if that upsets anyone?