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Bikini Baristas Risk City Cover-Up

As we get ready to say so long to the summer of  2013, a burning question comes to mind. Whatever happened to Mike Fagan’s war on the bikini barista babe biz? To recap July’s hysteria … Complaints from constituents about some near-naked coffee sellers had the Spokane city councilman in a froth and vowing to create an ordinance designed to nip any over-fleshed enterprises in the bud. I’m such an optimist. I figured the sheer silliness of this nonissue would eventually dawn on Fagan, who is a smart guy and would wisely drop the whole matter with a red-faced “never mind.” There I go again, giving Spokane government more credit than it deserves. Fagan, as I discovered Wednesday, not only has refused to let this rubbish go, but his new “Unlawful Public Exposure” ordinance is almost ready for Prime Time/Doug Clark, SR. More here.

Question: Does Coeur d'Alene still have a bikini barista coffee hut — on Government Way, north of Appleway?

Bikini Baristas Prompt Cover-up Talk

Jessica Etchart, 23, right, and Niqui Kukel, 25, prepare drinks for customers during an afternoon rush Tuesday at XXXtreme Espresso. (SR photo: Tyler Tjomsland)

On Monday, Mike Fagan passed around a list of anatomical definitions to members of the city’s Public Safety Committee, including fellow Spokane City Council members, the police chief and the police ombudsman. The words on the list – “perineum,” “areola” and “anal cleft” – were meant to help the committee understand Fagan’s latest ordinance, a push to crack down on so-called bikini baristas. The proposed ordinance, Fagan said, gives the owners of the stands a choice: “You move your business to a certain zone, or you put more clothes on.” “I’m OK with bikinis. I’m OK with lingerie,” said Fagan, a libertarian. “But when it comes to pasties and G-strings, in regards to safety, what’s going on is a little overboard”/Nicholas Deshais, SR. More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with attempt by Councilman Fagan to force Spokane bikini bars to cover up more?

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