D. Gill SperleinWhat will it take for a lawyer to defeat a drag queen in San Francisco? No, this isn't the start to a bad lawyer joke. The fact is that city supervisors are torn over whether to appoint local attorney D. Gill Sperlein to the Entertainment Commission or give the job to San Francisc ... More >>
The furniture will have to find a new home.The chairs, sofas, and lamps crawling up the walls of the defunct Hugo Hotel on Sixth Street might be destroyed when the building is demolished next year. The developer of the affordable housing complex that will replace the Hugo's footprint has no plans ... More >>
Voting by race has made the city's political representation more Asian. It could be what puts 33-year-old Jane Kim on the board of supervisors.
Two weekends ago, throngs descended on Folsom Street for the world's biggest and most famous leather festival. No, not a trunk show of fine riding boots or Italian aviator jackets. As any true San Franciscan knows, "leather" refers to bondage, S&M, fetish gear and the people who get off on it ... More >>
The city would prefer HopeNet's Steve Smith -- and his buddy -- to stay right where they are. And only there.South of Market's been a de-facto "containment zone" for medical cannabis dispensaries for a variety of reasons: The still-gritty neighborhood has cheaper rents, more vacant storefront ... More >>
Everyone loves the dog. Everyone hates his employer. When candidates running for the Board of Supervisors were asked what they thought about Target's plans to open a pair of San Francisco outlets, their opinions were like discount footwear at the big box store: plentiful, hard to miss -- and unco ... More >>
The police do not want to deal with Entertainment Commission matters, thank you very muchThis month, Mayor Gavin Newsom suggested that the commission which oversees nightclub permits should be scrapped, and the power to issue entertainment permits returned to the police.But the police permit offi ... More >>
Terrance AlanJust as critics of San Francisco's Entertainment Commission are saying that the much-maligned body has reached a crisis point, one of its most longstanding and controversial members has announced he's stepping down. But in an interview with SF Weekly this afternoon, Entertainment Com ... More >>
Earlier this week, Chron columnist C.W. Nevius suggested that the best way to deal with the current standoff between police, nightclubs, and neighbors over nightlife regulation would be to scrap the too-nightlife-friendly Entertainment Commission and create a new one. "Let the current commission ... More >>
Police have made a number of arrests and seizures of DJ equipment at underground parties and clubs. Is it enforcement or harassment?
Eenie Meanie Miney Mo...Last week, SF Weekly grilled Supervisor Chris Daly's potential progressive successors in District 6 about whether they desired the mixed bag that is Daly's official blessing. Both Debra Walker and Jane Kim hemmed and hawed. "Chris' endorsement really helps and it can reall ... More >>
The owner of SoMa's Club Caliente is gearing up to contest the first of a series of citations by the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control following three busts in October and November for having underaged patrons in his bar. We wrote earlier this week about the club's allegations of ... More >>
She just became the city's first transgender department head, but Theresa Sparks is already setting her sights on becoming the city's first transgender supervisor.
Theresa SparksAfter weeks of speculation about whether Human Rights Commission director Theresa Sparks is about to move to District 6 and run for supervisor, Sparks tells us she signed a lease on an apartment at Turk and Van Ness last week. She says she is moving from her current ... More >>
Entertainment Commissioner Jim Meko, one of only two members of the city's nightclub-regulation board without direct financial ties to the nightlife industry, says that blame for some of the commission's ethical challenges can be laid with Mayor Gavin Newsom.The seven-member Entertainment Commiss ... More >>
The Entertainment Commission is supposed to regulate S.F. nightclubs, but it won't — and often can't — punish scofflaws. The results are sometimes tragic.
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