Let's give credit to organizers of tonight's meeting of the Root at Amnesia. They certainly know the two words in the English language most likely to bring out local musicians: "free" and "beer." But complimentary suds aren't the only reason to drop by tonight: This meeting is the first of a new no ... More >>
Metal detectors are proposed for S.F. entertainment venuesThe San Francisco Entertainment Commission will discuss a list of safety proposals from the SFPD tomorrow night that includes mandating metal detectors, ID checks, and surveillance cameras at local entertainment venues.Yikes! But Entertain ... More >>
Battle of the signs on the doors of Slim'sThe alcohol permit for S.F. music venue Slim's was suspended for 10 days last week due to a long-running battle with a neighbor over noise complaints -- a battle venue part-owner Dawn Holliday hopes will end soon.The club was barred from serving alco ... 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 >>
The San Francisco Entertainment Commission has been having a rough go of it lately. The seven-member board of political appointees, tasked with regulating the city's nightclubs, has presided over a local nightlife scene that has become infamous for its violence. The commission has also come under fi ... More >>
Look who's talkingTwo 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 >>
Is the party almost over?Board of Supervisors President David Chiu appears to have the wind at his back in his growing crusade to impose reforms on the San Francisco Entertainment Commission, a seven-member panel of political appointees that has come under fire for not properly doing its job of r ... More >>
It's gettin' hot in hereThe Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice has sent a memo to Board of Supervisors President David Chiu asking him to back off efforts to set up a stricter nightclub permitting process, the latest volley in an intensifying intra-city feud over how to handle rising club violence.T ... 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.
By Benjamin Wachs Keeping with tradition, the Supervisors have taken a holiday weekend and turned it into an extended vacation. Their justification this time is that they all need the extra two days off to go see "Milk." Last year, it was to stand in line and buy iPhones, and the year before th ... More >>
Is there a race problem at a Castro gay bar -- or a propriety problem in a city supervisor's office?
The Human Rights Commission finds a Castro bar discriminatory. But the commission's investigation has its own bias problem.
How a DA's decision to drop prostitution charges against lap dancers will change the sexual culture of S.F. -- and, perhaps, the country
Berlin's legendary -- but embattled -- Love Parade makes a San Francisco debut. But will thousands dance to its beat?