“Inadvertently … left in place”?

To be removed from “§ 9-2-30  DECIBEL LIMITS FOR OUTDOOR MUSIC:
(C) The decibel limits prescribed under this section must be measured: …  (2) from the location of the sound equipment on the property or site where the permit is issued.”

The line being removed, as far as I can tell, came directly from a recent letter, authored by the neighborhood association, DANA, as one in a list of recommendations to the Mayor and City Council. It appears that the line is, thankfully, being removed from the new Special Events & Live Music Permits Ordinance, passed at last week’s (Feb 10th) City Council meeting.

Mayor Pro Tem Mike MartinezAgain, this “ordinance to amend the new ordinance that amended the existing ordinance” just last week is to go into effect immediately, upon passage, through the declaration of an emergency, but the dang thing isn’t on tomorrow’s Feb 17th Agenda. Maybe we’ll find out tomorrow morning? Maybe not …

Are we to believe that the “dangling amendment”, in the form of the “language on decible limits” was “inadvertently … left in place” (See Memo)? I’m sorry, and maybe I’m wrong, but I have a very hard time, given all the evidence to the contrary, accepting that as a valid, truthful explanation of what actually went down.

The offending phrase was not that hard to find, after finally having a chance to sit down and read the 18 page document, carefully. That was, for me, approximately 12 hours after the new ordinance had been revised, and passed, within the first 30 minutes of the Council Meeting, on the consent agenda, with absolutely no public, staff, or Council discussion.

City Attorney Brent LloydIf you read City Attorney Brent Lloyd’s explanation to mayor Pro Tem Mike Martinez, in the documents linked below, it appears to reveal what is coming down the pike. It also appears that the “stakeholders” simply ran out of time, to make their big move for more “substantive” changes, at this particular point in time.

Memo: Temp Events & Outdoor Music Ord – 02-14-11

Corrective Ordinance : Temp Events & Outdoor Music – Draft 02-14-11

The efforts afoot, to get these overly restrictive amendments into the Code, needs a strong & organized response from the Austin music community. I’ve been encouraged by news, in recent days, that a serious – and seriously funded – candidate is going to attempt to displace one of the dishonest, bad eggs from their City Council seats. Enough of saying “I support live music in Austin” while stabbing the music community in the back, on a regular and consistent basis.

The new candidate will run, I am told, on a  platform that will strongly emphasize the promotion, and perhaps more importantly, protection and defense of Live Music in Austin.

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