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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

City Attorney Asks Court to Close Down Pink Diamonds Strip Club

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 3:55 PM

Time to play hardball
  • Time to play hardball
City Attorney Dennis Herrera filed a motion in San Francisco Superior Court today asking that Pink Diamonds, a notoriously violent strip club at 220 Jones Street in the Tenderloin, be shut down for repeated violations of the law.

Herrera's petition, filed with Judge Peter J. Busch, asserts that the club has been the scene of prostitution, drug deals, illegal alcohol consumption, and noise violations since an injunction governing its operations was agreed to by Pink Diamonds operators in March. The city attorney has asked that the judge close the club and impose at least $689,000 in fines on its owners.

"With our motion today, we're saying enough is enough -- Pink Diamonds needs to be shut down before another life is lost," Herrera said in a statement. "It is obvious that the operators of this nightclub have no interest in running a business within the parameters of the law, and it is equally obvious that this extraordinary step is necessary."

Herrera vowed to close the venue after a man was shot to death outside of it in June, and today's motion (which you can read here) marks another step in the city attorney's well-publicized efforts to crack down on what many see as an epidemic of nightclub violence. Earlier this summer, Herrera went after the North Beach club Heaven.

As we revealed in a July cover story, the Pink Diamonds is co-owned by Entertainment Commissioner Terrance Alan. Interestingly, Alan's name is nowhere mentioned in the petition filed today by Herrera.

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