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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Cop Doesn't Want Entertainment Commission's Job Back

Posted By on Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 11:58 AM

click to enlarge The police do not want to deal with Entertainment Commission matters, thank you very much
  • The police do not want to deal with Entertainment Commission matters, thank you very much
This month, Mayor Gavin Newsom suggested that the commission which oversees nightclub permits should be scrapped, and the power to issue entertainment permits returned to the police.

But the police permit officer in nightclub-heavy South of Market begs to differ. He doesn't want the police to be in charge of granting entertainment permits.

"I think that's what the Entertainment Commission was set up and designed for, and I think it should be kept," Officer Jake Canion said at a SOMA community meeting on Entertainment Commission reform last night.

"I don't believe that the commission should be shut down," Canion told SF Weekly after the meeting. "I think they're a valuable tool that can help the nighttime venues."

Canion was speaking at a SOMA Leadership Council

meeting on 11th Street last night, which was titled,  "San Francisco

Entertainment Commission: Reset or Delete?" It was a small meeting,

with about a dozen people present, including Bob Davis, the executive

director of the commission. The most outspoken critics of the

Entertainment Commission -- including Newsom, Board of Supervisors

President David Chiu, Chron columnist C.W. Nevius, and police Commander Jim Dudley -- were not present.
 
One alternative to scrapping the commission or removing its permitting powers, as Newsom and Chiu have suggested,

would be to try to scrub the commission clean of the nightlife industry

conflicts of interest, which are central to the complaints about the

commission.

This idea was raised at the meeting, and was met with favor by retiring commissioner Terrance Alan -- who has himself been at the center of many of the conflict-of-interest charges.

Only two of the seven Entertainment Commissioners are designated as "industry representatives," but at one point last year, five of the seven commissioners had direct financial ties to nightlife venues. In addition, Commissioner Jim Meko said at the meeting that the commission's police representative is married to the owner of a SOMA restaurant and bar.

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