And so the not-so-entertaining Entertainment Commission saga continues: Earlier this week, we reported that three applicants are vying for one of the commission's two vacant seats. The open seat is supposed to be reserved for a representative of the public health sector — no matter how many bartenders apply. Following this morning's Board of Supervisors Rules Committee meeting, that seat remains empty.
The supes opted to postpone the decision because one of the applicants, David Lupo, didn't show; the Entertainment Commission's executive director, Bob Davis, speculated that Lupo might be in Indonesia. Lupo's absence today was more like a gaping hole considering he is the only applicant who has admitted problematic ties to the entertainment industry.
In his application, Lupo stated that he currently works as a bartender in North Beach and has played music in local clubs and bars — which could mean more industry insiders on an already packed commission critics charge has been taken over by the very interests it purports to regulate (as noted in a July cover story). The other two candidates — who both showed up at this morning's meeting — are Neal Cavellini, a lieutenant with the San Francisco Fire
Department, Michael Kim, a marketing manager at an online gaming
company. Both Lupo and Cavellini have paramedic training in their backgrounds, according to their applications, but Kim does not appear to have any public health related experience.