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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Neighborhood Activists Organize Anti-Entertainment Commission Web Site

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 6:30 AM

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Fed up with what they see as chronically lax regulation of San Francisco's nightclub industry, a group of neighborhood activists has started a Web site, residentscentral.com, that its members hope will help rally support for reform of the city's Entertainment Commission.

The Entertainment Commission, a board of political appointees, has been criticized for being too cozy with the clubs it is supposed to regulate. Three of the five sitting commissioners have direct financial ties to the nightlife industry; two of them are club co-owners. (Click here to read our July cover story on the commission's ethical challenges.)

The residents' group hopes to encourage and coordinate neighborhood input on a proposed reform of the city's police code that would change how the commission operates. The legislation has been a sore subject of contention between Board of Supervisors President David Chiu -- whose North Beach district is home to some of the city's most violent clubs -- and Entertainment Commissioners, who are loath to agree to the stricter oversight measures Chiu has suggested.

Frank Therre, a North Beach resident who filed an ethics complaint (ultimately dismissed) against Entertainment Commissioner Terrance Alan and helped set up the Web site, said one goal of the site is to unite frustrated residents from various parts of the city. "We need a core operation for all the different neighborhoods," Therre said.

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