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
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.