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Mayor Fenty: I Will Sign Law to Extend Bar Hours

D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty (D) reiterated his intention to sign the legislation approved by the D.C. Council last week that would allow bars and nightclubs to serve alcohol until 5 a.m. and stay open all night from Jan. 17-21. This despite the objections of Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Bob Bennett, along with the Downtown Cluster of Congregations, who've sent protest letters to the mayor and other city leaders.

On Bruce DePuyt's NewsChannel 8 talk show this afternoon, Fenty said he would sign the law. The mayor said the council has acted by making the law and it's the mayor's job to enforce it.

Fenty had objected to nightclubs being included, but the council included them anyway.

DePuyt asked why Fenty didn't negotiate with the council.

"If I thought there was something the city council did that would materially change the quality of life in the District of Columbia, I would absolutely use all the powers," Fenty said. "The fact of the matter is the bars are going to be open to a certain point. They're going to be open till 1 or 2 o'clock and we're going to have a police shift on. If we have to extend the shift, we will. But I just come from the political doctrine, I'm not going to sit here and whine or make excuses. If this is what the city council thinks, that the bars should be open, then our police department will step up."

Asked about the objections of Feinstein and Bennett, Fenty said he did not anticipate that Congress would act to overrule the council's legislation. He said he has talked to Feinstein and they have pledged to work together to ensure maximum security.

By David A Nakamura  |  December 10, 2008; 5:02 PM ET  | Category:  Entertainment , Food & Dining , Security
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Well, this is going to be trouble. Thousands upon thousands of drunks wandering the streets of D.C. and, of course, none of them will have guns in their sweat suit pants, will they.
I totally understand the bars wanting to get as much money from these drinkers and understanding that if they don't get as much money as possible when they can, that they might be out of business before too long. So, I don't criticize them for their "business" mindset.
But, WHEN did "business" EVER care about anything other than themselves? Never, that's when.
Therefore, SOMEONE must rise about the "business" mindset and protect the citizens of D.C. from the inevitable consequences of having thousands of drunks wandering around their streets doing "whatever".
This isn't good. This isn't "right". But, truth be told, it might, in it's own way, be a final punctuation mark on an era of absolutely self indulgent, wildly irresponsible Republican leadership.

Posted by: cms1 | December 10, 2008 6:12 PM | Report abuse

Good for Mayor Fenty.

In DC, there are enough people who have lived abroad and seen with their own eyes that there is zero problem with bars and nightclubs staying open late.

This is a victory for freedom, and a defeat for the forces of Puritanism.

Posted by: DupontJay | December 10, 2008 6:15 PM | Report abuse


there you go mayor!!

keep the bars open til 5:00am and have a bunch of drunken a**holes driving all over town killing people!

what a WONDERFUL idea!!!

let's have a round of applause for mayor moron fenty!

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Posted by: DriveByPoster | December 10, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse


hey mayor moron fenty?

do you think maybe we can bring in a few busloads of male and female prostitutes as well???

and how about some little boy, and little girl prostitutes as well!

let's cater to EVERYONE!!!

you are awesome mayor moron fenty!

simply awesome!!!

p.s. mayor moron fenty? do YOU have a preference? a little boy? a little girl? or are you just going to get p*ss drunk and vomit all over yourself and the sidewalk...

Posted by: DriveByPoster | December 10, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me that having bars open until 5 a.m. will actually keep people OFF the streets because they will have somewhere to go besides home if they want to stay out and party. Close the bars at 2am and that's all those extra hours of police having to deal with drunks and party people out on the streets. In my opinion, that is the logic behind this decision, not necessarily to be nice to people who want to drink.

Posted by: rowuncw | December 10, 2008 6:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm amazed at the lack of logic in most of the posts so far - have you bothered to rationally consider the situation, or are you just doing yet another knee-jerk reaction? Seriously, let's be adults here.

Illogical statement #1:
"keep the bars open til 5:00am and have a bunch of drunken a**holes driving all over town killing people!"
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What's the difference what time of night it is? Keep them open until 1:00...2:00....3:00...5:00...it doesn't matter what time it is, the bars are going to have to close eventually, and you will eventually have a higher percentage of drunk drivers. It will be that way tonight, this weekend, next week, and during the week of January 20, 2009.

In fact, keeping the bars open until 5:00am - or even not closing them at all - may help REDUCE drunken driving.
The earlier you close a bar, the more drunk people you still have inside, the more people you have to throw out, the more chance there is for violence and the higher number of potential drunk drivers are on the street at one time.
Space them out - some folks will leave at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, and only the crazy few will be left at 5:00 - and the cops will be better-equipped to deal with them.


Illogical statement #2:
"do you think maybe we can bring in a few busloads of male and female prostitutes as well??? and how about some little boy, and little girl prostitutes as well!"
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Visiting a bar and drinking alcohol is not illegal. Prostitution is illegal, and child sex abuse is VERY illegal.
Your point is moot; the two have no relevance to each other.

Illogical statement #3:
"Thousands upon thousands of drunks wandering the streets of D.C. and, of course, none of them will have guns in their sweat suit pants, will they."
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And what's to stop them from doing that anyway? A drunk with a gun is going to be a drunk with a gun whether the bars are open until 5:00pm or 5:00am, that issue is about human behavior, not closing time.

In addition:
It is still the responsibility of the bar to monitor the drunkenness of their patrons and cut them off at a certain point. A person can get just as drunk and cause trouble if they leave at 1:00am as they can if they leave at 5:00am.

Illogical statement #4:
"But, truth be told, it might, in it's own way, be a final punctuation mark on an era of absolutely self indulgent, wildly irresponsible Republican leadership."
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The bars are being left open for the inauguration of BARACK OBAMA.
This has no relevance to Republican leadership, or politics of any kind.
Even so, if someone with your opposite political views really wanted to tie them together the way you have, the contrary point of view could also be made, that this is a kickstart to a wild, partying Presidency.


Posted by: JMGinPDX | December 10, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Great idea. DC can use the money from the visiting international community to help improve all sorts of city-wide programs and infrastrutor. This will be a large boost to the DC economy. If someone gets out of line, they will be dealt with. That's why we have a police force. Most tourist don't want any parts of the DC jail system believe me--they won't be trouble at all. And the locals will be visiting Europe or Hawaii with the $10k+ that we made renting out our houses that week. Good sound judgement Mr. Mayor, thanks!

Posted by: madstamina | December 10, 2008 7:16 PM | Report abuse

For those of you who are unfamiliar with the district:
There are ALREADY drunks out in the streets. And you must obviously be foreign to the area if you think that getting a parking space would be a cakewalk.
Fenty is obviously implying that he is acting according to the wishes of representative government, which happens to be the D.C. council, in case you haven't seen D.C. license plates.
The way I see it, people are going to get trashed ANYWAY, so opening bar hours will keep them from literally falling asleep in the streets. People don't drive home in D.C., they walk, bike, or take the metro.

Posted by: galenm1 | December 10, 2008 7:27 PM | Report abuse

the comments here show why DC is one of the worlds lamest cities. i only wish this was permanent. Real cities with vitality and culture don't have a bed time.

Posted by: dcdcdc1 | December 10, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Mayor Fenty, other DC area leader and public figures, none of you platform on preventing pregnancies that yield illegitimate children who account for the vast majority of alchohol fueled, violent, mostly black on black crime.
And who have destroyed the DCPS.
Fenty, you're a strong black man.
Here's your chance to do something for your people and you open bars till 5am.
As if those extraq tax dollars won't be embezzeled?

5am?
Don't you people know any after parties?
After 1 am all the best girls have either lamed out or been picked up.

Posted by: eddiemacs | December 10, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

My question is this: Right or wrong, how is a DC law ANY business of Sens. Feinstein and Bennett? They are residents of California and Utah. Who cares if they object? The Senate is responsible for *national* laws. Not municipal laws. Would they object to a law to keep bars open until 5:00am in Cleveland? or Ft. Lauderdale? What is their standing in this, besides unwelcome overseers? It seems ridiculous that they would express an opinion publicly about this.

Also: It's not crazy for DC to extend bar hours. While a 5am bar time isn't too common, most cities I'm familiar with don't have last call until well after 1am.

Posted by: Jfoster72 | December 10, 2008 7:40 PM | Report abuse

Oh please . . . who really cares what they do in that sewer of city.

Posted by: rplat | December 10, 2008 7:53 PM | Report abuse


Most of those in the bars late will be those who could not find a room. Probably be another Jesus born in a garage or a liquor room. And why not? It's the biggest deal since the First Roman Census.

Posted by: blasmaic | December 10, 2008 9:05 PM | Report abuse

As a DC native, now Chicagoan, who spent election night in Grant Park, I have to say the DC Council's bowing down to the Restaurant Association is CRAZY and dangerous. There were five reports of election-related arrests that night in Chicago - none were at Grant Park, and all were reported to be alcohol-related. Multiply that by a factor of a thousand, add in a 40 degree temperature difference, and overstressed public transportation, and you're just asking for mayhem.

Shame on DC. Yes, the sales tax would be nice, but it'll all get spent in added police and court costs handling the rowdies. I hope Feinstein gets Obama's attention on this one and together they talk some sense into the Council.

Posted by: Ex-DC | December 10, 2008 9:08 PM | Report abuse

If President-elect Obama wants his inaugural to be blessed by a bunch of drink-all-night drunks, what does that say about the dignity of the office of the President of the United States?

Posted by: rollomoss2 | December 10, 2008 9:09 PM | Report abuse


okay.

i give in. everyone here thinks that keeping the bars open all night is fine.

who am i to give a crap? let all the drunken b*stards get in their cars at 7:00am in the morning and go speeding through elementary school zones.

i don't care if the residents of washington d.c. don't..

by the way, what does the "D.C." stand for?

(D)ebauchery (C)entral?


rollomoss2 wrote just a few minutes ago; "If President-elect Obama wants his inaugural to be blessed by a bunch of drink-all-night drunks, what does that say about the dignity of the office of the President of the United States?"

i guess.. after all, obama comes from a state where they sell their congressional seats to the highest bidder... LOL


Posted by: DriveByPoster | December 10, 2008 10:41 PM | Report abuse

Trying to throw the D.C. nightlife a bone after banning smoking and driving business across the river?

Posted by: Dirtdart1980 | December 11, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

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