City makes pro­pos­als

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

Bruce Moore, Lit­tle Rock city man­ager, ad­mit­ted that, af­ter 37 crim­i­nal and civil com­plaints over the last four years, the city should have known and closed the Power Ul­tra Lounge. A wel­comed, can­did ad­mis­sion that lax and un­co­or­di­nated city and state reg­u­la­tory en­force­ment au­thor­i­ties was a root cause for the car­nage. Moore is at­tempt­ing to im­prove com­mu­ni­ca­tion by adding the po­lice de­part­ment’s li­ai­son with state Al­co­holic Bev­er­age Con­trol to the crim­i­nal abate­ment com­mit­tee, whom he meets with ev­ery other week. A break­down in com­mu­ni­ca­tion dealt with by im­proved com­mu­ni­ca­tion makes sense. That’s what a man­ager pro­poses to ad­dress the prob­lem.

Mark Stodola’s re­sponse is a pro­posal to re­quire clubs (and other busi­nesses) to in­stall ex­pen­sive se­cu­rity cam­eras. Bril­liant, Mr. Mayor—re­quire com­pli­ant busi­nesses to spend money be­cause the gov­ern­ment can’t en­force ex­ist­ing reg­u­la­tions. Ig­nore the prob­lem and trust the same crack en­force­ment agen­cies to now en­sure that cam­eras are in­stalled at all the clubs, spread­ing en­force­ment re­sources even thin­ner. Why would any sane per­son be­lieve a non­com­pli­ant club like the Ul­tra Lounge, fac­ing the same in­suf­fi­cient en­force­ment, would com­ply with an­other reg­u­la­tion?

No sug­ges­tion for ad­dress­ing the dis­ease, just an­other reg­u­la­tion to treat the symp­toms in the hopes that the next car­nage re­sult­ing from ex­ist­ing un­co­or­di­nated en­force­ment might be recorded. In­ept gov­er­nance at its best: Ig­nore ex­ist­ing gov­ern­ment faults and add ad­di­tional reg­u­la­tion at the cost and bur­den of non-prob­lem busi­nesses, which will then pass that cost on to con­sumers.

That’s what a lib­eral politi­cian pro­poses to ad­dress the prob­lem. NEIL DEININGER

Lit­tle Rock

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