Justin Roja

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2009

    Is ANOTHER Industry Insider Coming to the Entertainment Commission?

    The commission will come to order​The applicants for a recently vacated seat on the city's Entertainment Commission -- a seven-member board of political appointees that regulates San Francisco nightclubs -- appear poised to once again stoke the debate over whether the commission is too cozy with t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 21, 2009

    It's Your Friday Morning News Quiz!

    I'm not the answer to Nos. 2 or 3 -- but put me in, coach!​Sinking boats, burning cars, Muni ... doing whatever it normally does. Was it Armageddon? Nope. Just another lovely week in San Francisco. Here's your quiz -- no looking at your neighbors'. 1. Police at San Francisco's Central Station resp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2009

    Nightclub Regulator Blames Mayor for Stacking Commission with Industry Insiders

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2009

    Did Entertainment Commissioner Break City Ethics Law? Former Board of Supervisors President Says Yes.

    Look who's talking​Two members of the San Francisco Entertainment Commission are drawing fire from several sources -- including local Democratic Party Chairman and former Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin -- for what critics say were ethically dubious efforts to influence the city's Smal ... More >>

  • News

    July 8, 2009

    For Entertainment Purposes Only

    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.

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    E-Campaign to 'Save' Medjool's Rooftop Bar Kicks Off -- But Is it Grassroots or Astroturf?

    At Medjool, in a manner of speaking, the roof is on fireInvitations to join a Facebook page titled "SAVE MEDJOOL" are flooding San Franciscans' e-mail inboxes. The missive pleads for locals' help in persuading the big, bad Planning Department from pulling the permits for the Mission establishment's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2009

    Passport to the World NYE vs. NYE Ball 2009

    Passport to the World NYE vs. NYE Ball 2009The Westin St. Francis and Sir Francis Drake HotelDecember 31, 2008Notes by Crystal Akins Photos by Crystal Akins and Hardy Wilson Better than: Standing outside and watching the fireworks in the cold -- but at least that's free. On New Year's Eve, the We ... More >>

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