The bullying measure is a very poor move. We need a bullying policy that focuses on bullying behaviors, not categories of victims. I'm very disappointed to see the School Board indulging this kind of thing.
There's a 10 year prescriptive period on zoning issues, and live music permits are essentially "shall issue" if all the legal requirements are met. I understand that Circle Bar has closed down a couple of times or more, which may interrupt prescription and may have scuttled its conditional use permit, but you'd probably know more about that than I. I do know, however, that you can't take the city's position at face value. They'll deny permits in some cases even where they are legally obligated to grant one.
In any event, I believe that Circle Bar is in the CBD-8 zoning district, which means that if it opens up apartment space that takes up at least 25% of the building (i.e., in the upstairs) they are zoned for at least a three-member band and the mayoralty (live music) permit is of-right. I think if Circle Bar applied that way, it could sue the city for the permit even if it is denied (and would probably get a TRO and a preliminary injunction, meaning very little interruption). Just my off-the-cuff impression.
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