Moms gather signatures to vote on bikini baristas

For more than a year a group of Spokane-area moms have been gathering signatures to put the issue of scantily clad bikini baristas up for a vote. 

"We can understand if you disagree, we understand that, just vote." Beth Solscheid says. She is among the group gathering signatures. The group gathered more than 3,300 signatures almost 1,000 more than needed to get a citizens initiative on a ballot. 

"We have developed a thick skin." says Kim Curry. "We don't mind the name calling we sometimes get, we just want people to understand the issue and let their voice be heard." The moms say they are not against bikinis or even lingerie. What they are trying to prevent, they say, is the wearing is pasties and G-strings in public or anything less.

In 2013, Spokane Valley passed an ordinance making it law that all private parts must be covered and at least half of women's breast must be covered by an opaque covering. The ordinance being pushed forward by the group in Spokane would mirror Spokane Valley's ordinance. 

Sara Birnel owns three Spokane bikini barista stands. She commended the moms group trying to get this on the ballot. Birnel says "obviously" she is opposed to it because she feels it could have an impact on her business but encourages an ordinance to get on the ballot so people can vote.

At Monday night's Spokane City Council meeting, councilman Mike Fagan is expected to make a motion to put this on an upcoming ballot. Fagan has been a supporter of the ordinance. 

There have been three citizen initiatives put on the ballot in Spokane in recent history. In 2011, Envision Spokane wanted to add a Community Bill of Rights to its city charter. The initiative did not pass a vote in November. In 2010 the Spokane Children's Investment fund wanted to create a fund levy for families and youth. That initiative did not pass in a November election.