Update 9:01 am: The amendment is going to be reconsidered after all.
I sent a message to all members of City Council (cool and easy communication method) regarding the amendment to the ordinance I described a couple of days ago having to do with the extension til 1:00a of noise restrictions downtown on certain days and for certain holidays. Council members Sandy Carmany and Tom Phillips responded to my email.
Carmany explained that her lone "no" vote was guided by an ancient rule, "Do unto others...." - then she added, "I wouldn't want to live with it, why should I expect others to?" I like that woman.
Phillips explained his vote as well and shed a different light on the whole thing:
"David, This is not as broad as you might think. The section of the code that was amended was related to temporary event permits. Time was only one of many constraints. The primary requirement for a permit is that the event must last at least three days. We will take another look at this but I think many are taking this out of context." Tom
I looked past the meeting's minutes (PDF file - see page 13) and pulled up the actual ordinance that was amended and found that the amendment is much more benign than I first thought and reported.
This amendment actually codifies what has already been occuring downtown for many years with festivals such as Fun 4th, the Jazz Festival, etc.
Thanks Tom and Sandy - you both voted correctly.
In a message I just sent to Council explaining that my fears about the change were probably unfounded I suggested that a few of them might want to start a weblog to head off such mis-understandings in the future.