clarification of Houston curfew
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We hope this matter doesn't take up too much of your time, as we understand that your resources are already spread thin. We just want to draw a little attention to a small, but often overlooked economic engine within our city.
We are requesting that you change and/or clarify some of the specifics of the current curfew. After Hurricane Ike, when as much as 90% of the city was without power, and looting was a genuine concern, Mayor Bill White imposed a curfew, but excluded night businesses, and made it clear that the suspension of some civil liberties was strictly to help law enforcement and first responders better protect us.
We believe that our businesses and our employees are hemorrhaging money at a time when Houston actually needs the sense of community and escape that the hospitality industry provides. Please exempt night business employees from your curfew. Please direct law enforcement away from closing these businesses. Please make it clear to the public, that people will be pulled over. They may be questioned, and if there is no cause for further concern, they will be allowed to go on their way. Please be specific. Make public that if people are found to be breaking other laws, or that they are intoxicated or a danger to our community, then they will face the full weight of the law. We believe that there are owner's, managers, bartenders, servers, support staff and drivers who are eager to get back to work .
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