Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Assembly Report for January 8, 2008

NOW FANTASIES WANTS TO SERVE ALCOHOL AND RAISE MINIMUM AGE AT THEIR 5TH AVE STRIP CLUB: Carol and Cathy Hartman returned to the Assembly on Tuesday night asking for land use permit to turn an underage teen age strip club they run at 1911 E 5th Ave. into a full service adult bar featuring “adult entertainment.” The Hartman sisters also own a bar known as Club Elixer located on the second floor of the same building. They intend continue to operate Club Elixer after first floor is converted into an new adult strip club seating 83 patrons. The new club will keep its old name “Fantasies on 5th", and will continue to feature live nude entertainment, pole, pasties, and all.

The Hartmans recently lost a major federal court case challenging a city law which requires a four foot separation between dancers and patrons in teen strip clubs and closed a viewing window Fantasies was going to build between the adult club and the teen club, allowing other patrons to drool over the action in the adjoining teen club.

Fantasies will feature “Adult entertainment” and offer “indecent material” in the new club, according to its written application. When asked the “adult entertainment” or “indecent material” the club will offer, Fantasies vice president Armando Gonzales described a “strip pole” in the club and the “Lap Dance” area depicted on drawings given to the assembly. He confirmed that club entertainment will be provided in the nude “just like every other place in town”.

Under questions by Assembly member Dick Traini, Fantasies’ owners admitted on Tuesday that the Club is still “off limits” to military personnel assigned to Elemendorf and Ft. Richardson. Military personnel caught in the Club face discipline under the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Traini said. Fantasies argued, however, it is confident the military will lift its ban and once again allow serviceman into the downtown bar.

Action on Fantasies’ conditional use permit was postponed until February 12, 2008; the public hearing is still open.

REFUSE RATES INCREASE POSTPONED: No action was taken on Tuesday night on a ordinance which will increase Solid Waste Services refuse collection and disposal rates charged within the SWS service area and at the city’s refuse transfer station. Deliberations on the increases recommended by the administration will resume on January 21, 2008.

NO ACTION ON POOLS RELIEF PACKAGE: The Assembly will wait until January 21st to decide whether to ask voters to approve a $2M bond package to repair several municipal swimming pools. Action on the matter was delayed pending receipt by Assembly members of the actual bond proposition to be presented to voters at the April 1, 2008 municipal election. As proponents Dick Traini and Allan Tesche have explained, issue of local bonds for pool repairs is contingent on appropriation of a matching grant of $2M from the Alaaska Legislature for that same purpose.


At 1:55 PM, Blogger hughwade said...


This just in, hot off the newswire: It's the Republicans that are prone to interfering with people's personal choices, especially when it relates to sexuality.

This issue has become way too personal for you, to the point where it's clouded you're judgment and you're acting like those uptight bastards who want to tell people what choices to make. Leave this kind of thinking to Traini and some of those evangelical, republican robots.

Put in another language, the Hartman's are scrappy, minority entrepreneurs. The dancer's positions are jobs. The dancers are of adult age, and they are selling sexuality to goofball patrons, who are in turn adults and making their own choices.

You're over-reaching, and thus the assembly in overreaching, interfering with small business and people who are free to make their own choices about what they want to do, and how they want to spend their money.

Please recognize that you're in too deep on this one, to the point where you're betraying your best instincts. Live and let live. Freedom, including the freedom to make "bad" choices without government interference, is the best part of America, and part of what makes liberal Democrats the flag-bearers for what our country is all about. Lib. Liberty. Liberal. Liberterian. Freedom.

Hugh Wade

At 12:51 PM, Blogger Butch James said...

Here we go again!
An assembly man that thinks he knows what is best for the rest of us.
I do not go to strip clubs.
I do not drink.
I do not smoke.
However I respect the rights of those that do.
If you are not going to grant the Hartman girls the right to operate the same as all other strip clubs, then shut them all down.
Do not play polictics with the way someone makes aliving as long as it is within the law.
By the way, what did you do back in your younger days?
Just a thought!


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