Councilman Mike Garza brought back an issue that is near and dear to local bloggers, Mami Chulas. Apparently, the public is not too happy with the way these establishments are operating, and it doesn't help that new beer run drive thrus, complete with scantily clad dancing girls, are opening up.
A local ordinance is in the books to address the subject of suggestive public displays at beer runs, but it doesn't go far enough. At least that's the message I got from the council's commentary. So far, if a girl is seen defying the ordinance, she's ticketed and that's it. But that's not good enough for the public.
So what do our leaders suggest?
Well, for one, Mr. Garza suggested having the girls get a permit every day that they dance outside a beer run, just like the Chick-fil-A cow has to get a permit when it stands on the side of the road to attract customers. Another suggestion was to look at how many times an establishment, or rather the girls, are cited. If they get so many strikes, then the business could be labeled a nuisance, and closed down.
Councilman Esteban Rangel raised an interesting point: If a beer run like Mami Chulas was to open in north Laredo, action would be quick and all the beer runs would be closed. Well, I wouldn't even go that far. Just try to open one up in the Heights neighborhood and see what happens.
Tonight a group of citizens went before the council to voice their opposition to a daycare operating at the corner of Musser and Seymour Ave. I have no doubt that these same people, or people from the north for that matter, would be out with their pitchforks demanding action.
City staff is going to look at what can be done. But the city manager did stress that state law trumps local ordinances, so our hands are tied to some extent. Nevertheless, we can rest assured that Mami Chulas will come back into discussion. And I thank gawd.