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The music permit issue, then and now

1997: Then-Vice-Mayor Keith Sugar, quoted in a Metro Santa Cruz article: "I think it would be wise to convert the system into a sliding-scale instead of a one-size-fits-all approach."

2002: Planning Commission Chair Kaitlyn Gaffney: "It sounds like we have a one-size-fits-all rule that needs to be fixed."

1997: "Some local business owners decline to discuss the issue, expressing a fear of retaliation if they speak against the Police Department," reads the same article.

2002: Three key sources for this story decline to speak on the record, but have serious allegations of anti-music bias in the Police Department off the record.

1997: Chris Krohn: "I've been speaking with other councilmembers about bringing people together to address the relationship between police, local business owners and the community."

2002: Chris Krohn: "Council has a meeting planned to look at fire, police and entertainment permit issues, then extending probably to a few community meetings."

1997: Positively Front Street, a family restaurant, classified by police as a "nightclub" due to a piano player.

2002: Cayuga Vault, an all-ages, no-alcohol venue, classified as a "nightclub" due to live music.

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From the May 23-29, 2002 issue of Metro Santa Cruz.

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