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Friday, October 16, 2009

Supes' Monday Meeting on Entertainment Legislation Postponed

Posted By on Fri, Oct 16, 2009 at 5:45 PM

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This just in: Discussion of a proposed overhaul of laws regulating city nightclubs due to take place at a Monday Board of Supervisors' meeting has been postponed.

The suggested revisions to the police code were originally scheduled to be taken up at Monday's meeting of the City Operations and Neighborhood Services committee, but were ultimately left off the agenda at the direction of committee chairman Bevan Dufty, according to committee clerk Victor Young. No word yet on why.

The legislation concerns the Entertainment Commission, a board of political appointees tasked with regulating city nightclubs. The commission has come under heavy fire recently for not cracking down on violent clubs; the legislation being debated would both give it stronger enforcement powers and subject it to stricter oversight.

Supporters of the Entertainment Commission had sought to rally a crowd to Monday's meeting, arguing in a widely circulated e-mail that "The strategy of the anti-alcohol and anti-nightlife forces is to keep the Entertainment Commission toothless, because that makes them look ineffective." The commission's critics were also planning to turn out in force.

Looks like the fireworks will have to wait.

Photo   |   BruceTurner

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