Council Member John Quincy: MLB "Clean Zone" concerns "out of proportion"

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The ACLU might not be happy about it, but Minneapolis City Council Member John Quincy says granting the MLB's request to create a "Clean Zone" around Target Field during a two-week stretch surrounding this summer's All-Star Game "is something we have to do and should do."

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"It's something we've done before for all the other major events we've had in town, like the previous Super Bowl and the NCAA Tournament, and it's typically standard operating procedure for every community that puts together a major bid for a major event," says Quincy, who serves on the Community Development & Regulatory Committee, which was tasked with reviewing the MLB's "Clean Zone" resolution before it was forwarded to the full council, where it was approved without discussion.

The resolution requires additional MLB approval for any block events, parades, temporary structures, tents, signs, and banners that would normally require just city approval. In other words, it essentially gives the MLB veto power.

The ACLU immediately raised concerns about the city's decision to temporarily cede some regulatory power to the MLB, saying that it places "our free speech rights... in the hands of a private corporation."

But Quincy argues those concerns are overblown.

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"There's no resolution that the city of Minneapolis can produce that would ever trump constitutional free speech rights," Quincy said. "This is really set up to be guidelines to protect small businesses."

On that score, Quincy said the main goal of the "Clean Zone" is to make sure unlicensed food vendors and merchants don't pop up near Target Field around the All-Star Game and take customers away from legitimate local businesses.

"The reason I think it's important for Minneapolis is because it protects the existing local businesses that follow the rules 365 days a year and deserve to take advantage of the event," he says. "It's appropriate for us to take measures so other companies can't come and swoop in."

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7 comments
Ronni
Ronni

Quincy is a government Tool. Nuff said.

seamuspm1
seamuspm1

 So, basically, Mr. Quincy believes that our city regulators are too incompetent to make decisions about whether or not a permit is appropriate without the express written consent of Major League Baseball.


Fascinating

Alirox
Alirox

Nice shit-eatin' grin you sport, Quincy.

alsdkfj
alsdkfj

Quincy says granting the MLB's request to create a "Clean Zone" around Target Field during a two-week stretch surrounding this summer's All-Star Game "is something we have to do and should do." '

I'm surprised he got the MLB's cock out of his mouth long enough to make such a malevolent statement. I wonder how much Quincy and the rest of his kind went for.

Kurt Duerksen
Kurt Duerksen

It's "nice" to see major league sports are so "concerned" about small businesses. By the way, I have a stone arch bridge I'd like to sell you.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

This is demonstrably false. With the law on the books the police have license to taze and beat protesters into submission at any given time. That the city and police might lose an eventual court ruling months later is of little concern - the effect is to stifle free speech. There is no excuse for passing an obviously unconstitutional law. It simply sets up the city for the expense of being on the losing end of an eventual state supreme court ruling, meanwhile curtailing important civil rights. Passage of such a law with such obvious outcomes is plainly bad governance.

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