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Thursday, August 6, 2009

Tenderloin Residents Offer Affidavits to City Attorney in Problem Strip Club Case

Posted By on Thu, Aug 6, 2009 at 3:52 PM

Are the wild nights numbered?
  • Are the wild nights numbered?
More than 70 Tenderloin residents have given statements to the city attorney's office as part of a campaign to close Pink Diamonds, a notoriously violent strip club at 220 Jones Street, according to North of Market/Tenderloin Community Benefit District Manager Elaine Zamora.

Zamora said she was told by Deputy City Attorney Jerry Threet that the statements -- given in the form of affidavits to an office investigator -- would be used as evidence in City Attorney Dennis Herrera's case against the club. She said she believed that Herrera's office would be filing a motion to close down Pink Diamonds in the coming weeks based on the argument that the club had violated the rules of an injunction governing its operations.

"They're talking about how the noise impacts their ability to sleep, how they're concerned about the violence," Zamora said, describing residents' most common complaints.

Herrera vowed to do what he could to close Pink Diamonds after a man was shot to death outside the club on June 27. The club had been linked repeatedly to other outbreaks of violence in the past, is believed to be operating without required Entertainment Commission permits, and is already subject to an injunction.

Zamora had previously planned to organize residents and businesses to file multiple small claims actions against the club, but said that simply cooperating with the city attorney's office in a unified legal action was a better approach.

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