Entertainment Commission Reform Legislation Passes in Supes' Committee, Headed for Full Board

Legislation that would reform how San Francisco's nightclub-industry watchdog agency operates was approved by the Board of Supervisors' City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee today, and is headed for a vote by the full board next month.

Following a three-hour hearing that featured extensive public comment from both supporters and opponents of the legislation, the three-member committee unanimously approved the new law, which would grant the Entertainment Commission added powers to crack down on problematic nightclubs as well as establish stricter oversight measures for how the commission operates.

In a separate vote, Supervisor Chris Daly voted against an amendment in the ordinance drafted by board president David Chiu. The measure would establish limits on how many late-night event permits could be granted by the commission in a given year. Chiu and committee chairman Bevan Dufty voted for the measure, giving it the needed votes to pass on to the full board.

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