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Davis City Council Extends Moratorium On New Bars, Nightclubs

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UPDATE: The Davis City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to extend a moratorium on new bars and nighclubs for 10 more months.

The first moratorium was approved October after a 23-year-old man was stabbed to death outside a downtown restaurant and nightclub. 

City officials say the moratorium will give them more time to come up with an ordinance regulating bars.

"The moratorium is intended to press pause on the establishment of more bars and nightclubs in our downtown," says Davis Mayor Dan Wolk. "I think the murder was in many ways the final straw. We've had an escalating series of incidents in our downtown.

These include an incident in October when a UC Davis woman who met three men at a downtown bar was sexually assaulted at a nearby park.

Wolk says ideas for an ordinance regulating businesses that serve alcohol include earlier closing times and more security.

Original Post: Two recent crimes in Downtown Davis - a deadly barroom brawl and a rape - have prompted city officials to look at adopting new regulations on restaurants and nightspots that serve alcohol.

Davis Mayor Dan Wolk says after 10 p.m., a section of the city's downtown, on G Street between 2nd and 3rd, can turn into a pretty rowdy place.

"We've just got a real serious situation and I don't think it's healthy," says Wolk. 

Tuesday night, the Davis City Council will consider extending a ban on new restaurants and clubs that serve liquor.

The moratorium was first approved last month after two crimes. A 23-year-old man died after he was stabbed outside a restaurant and nightclub. And in October, a UC Davis woman who met three men at a bar was sexually assaulted at a nearby park.

Wolk says a 10 month moratorium will give city officials time to come up with a new ordinance regulating nightspots that serve alcohol. 

"My sense," says Wolk, "would be that we would have closing times earlier, we would have more security, we would have security that has to be trained."

There has been no organized opposition to the proposed moratorium extension.

Steve Milne

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Steve is the Morning Edition anchor for Capital Public Radio. He covers stories on a wide range of topics including: business, education, real estate, agriculture and music.  Read Full Bio 

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