"\"\\\"\\\\\\\"Before settling, Medina argued it was already a members-only club, but public-health officials contended it wasnt. Russell Knight, lawyer for the lounge, said his client has agreed to make Medina more private in return for officials dropping the case.\\\\\\\\n\\\\\\\\nThere has been no arrest in the Chin homicide. Murray convened a task force late last year to address crime in the Chinatown ID, asking for recommendations this month.\\\\\\\\n \\\\\\\\n\\\\\\\\nI think this will guide the way the county treats the other lounges, Knight said. Eco GaiaMy sense is that these terms are going to be what the city adopts as well.\\\\\\\\n\\\\\\\\nThe agreement applies to Medina only and the judge in the case has yet to sign a dismissal order, so the case is technically still active, said James Apa, spokesman for Public Health Seattle & King County.\\\\\\\\n\\\\\\\\nThe mayor sent an analysis to the council in February, saying he would hold off on more talks with the owners until after a judges ruling in Public Health Seattle & King Countys smoking-ban case against Medina Hookah Lounge. Thats the case that settled Friday.\\\\\\\\n\\\\\\\\n \\\\\\\\nPublic-health officials settled their case against a Seattle hookah lounge Friday, clearing the way for Mayor Ed Murray to end his clash with owners of other similar businesses.\\\\\\\\n\\\\\\\\nUnder the agreement, which waives more than $100,000 in penalties against Medina, the lounge must take steps to operate strictly as a private club, with a secured entrance, no advertising, no alcohol, no more than 2,500 members and no paid employees.\\\\\\\\n\\\\\\\\nThe lawyer said he believes Medinas agreement will smooth a path for public-health officials and Murray to make peace with other Seattle hookah lounges.\\\\\\\\n\\\\\\\\nLast August, Murray said he would move to shutter all 11 of the citys hookah lounges for violating a state ban on indoor smoking in public places and places of employment. He linked the businesses to violent crime, including the fatal shooting of Chinatown http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/turmeric/ID=361647-tier3#! International District community leader Donnie Chin near one such lounge.\\\\\\\\n\\\\\\\\nThe agency remains committed to enforcing smoking laws, which help protect against tobacco smoke the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, Apa said.\\\\\\\\n\\\\\\\\nIt mirrors our discussions this winter and provides an example of a private-club model exempt from the state smoking ban that is acceptable to Seattle King County Public Health, Murray said.\\\\\\\\n \\\\\\\\nHe said the city soon will resume talks with the lounge owners.\\\\\\\\n\\\\\\\\nThen dozens of lounge owners and hookah smokers, along with other supporters, showed up at City Council meetings to protest the mayors plan, calling it discrimination against businesses run by people of East African and Middle Eastern descent.\\\\\\\\n \\\\\\\\nSo Murray backed off, saying he would enter talks with the owners and use the citys Racial Equity Toolkit process to analyze the community impacts of closing the lounges.\\\\\\\\n\\\\\\\\nThe agreement is based on how members-only cigar lounges are allowed to operate Amazon in Seattle and King County without violating the smoking ban, Knight said.\\\\\\\\n\\\\\\\\nThe mayor on Friday called Medinas agreement encouraging.\\\\\\\"\\\"\"