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Monday, January 03, 2005

"Oh, and next Friday... is Hawaiian shirt day"

The legal significance of this story isn't really the reason I'm posting the link. I'm posting because it made me laugh, naturally.

A court in California ruled that the LA city council has to pay attention when people come before them to argue for things at public hearings. The suit was filed by a strip club owner who was asking for permission to stay open past 2am:

The Blue Zebra's lawyer, Roger Jon Diamond, made a videotape of the June 13, 2003, public hearing because he believed he would get little attention from the Council.

At the strip club hearing - which also was Hawaiian Shirt Day for the Council - few of the brightly dressed members appeared to pay attention. One paced behind his chair, deep in a cellphone conversation; three huddled in conversation; another strolled about the room.

Do you think the city council might have had a stronger case if they had been in proper business attire that day?