As noted earlier on this page, local residents are aiming to scuttle the application of the Jack in the Box on Geary Boulevard to operate on a 24-hour basis. Most notably, it was the site of an after-hours spat that purportedly led an enraged patron to run over a state firefighter; following the hue and cry unleashed by that incident, it was revealed the fast food establishment did not possess the proper permits to operate past 2 a.m.
The eatery is now in the process of applying for the necessary permits; a hearing is scheduled before the Entertainment Commission on Jan. 10. This, however, necessitates the question: Why is this under the Entertainment Commission's purview? Visiting a Jack in the Box at 3 a.m. may be many things -- but not exactly "entertainment."
It turns out the definitions of "entertainment" -- and the jurisdiction of the Entertainment Commission -- are wider than you'd think.
Audrey Joseph, the vice chair of the body, notes that "we are a regulatory agency -- and we regulate a lot of stuff."
You want to blast protest songs or bellow through a bullhorn at your planned demonstration against the 1 percent? Hardly anyone's classic idea of an entertaining afternoon -- but you'll need to get your permits through the Entertainment Commission.
That's also the case if you're operating an establishment between the hours of 2 and 6 a.m. Per Municipal Police Code 1070 -- which is administered by the Entertainment Commission -- the following establishments fall under the definition of "extended-hour premises":
Every premises to which patrons or members are admitted or which allowsThat also includes "dance academies" where "instruction is given in ballroom or other types of dancing, whether given to the students in groups or individually" and a joint hosting "any act, play, review, pantomime, scene, song, dance act, song and dance
patrons or members to remain on the premises between the hours of 2:00
a.m. and 6:00 a.m. which serves food, beverages, or food and beverages,
including but not limited to, alcoholic beverages, for consumption on
the premises or wherein entertainment as defined in Subsections (b) and
(c) is furnished or occurs upon the premises.
act, or poetry recitation, conducted or participated in by any
professional entertainer in or upon any premises to which patrons or
members are admitted."