Hearing on security requirements at San Francisco nightclubs postponed 

A hearing to discuss strict security requirements at night clubs and entertainment venues was postponed Tuesday night, but that didn’t stop people from lining up to protest them.

Moments before the scheduled hearing, Entertainment Commission President John Newlin said Mayor Ed Lee wanted “further analysis and study” before a decision and had requested the postponement.

Under the proposed regulations, night clubs and entertainment venues would be required to increase security to one security guard per 50 patrons as well as use metal detectors at entrances, install security cameras and scan the identification of those attending and keep the information scanned on file.

The proposal was introduced in September by former Mayor Gavin Newsom and the San Francisco Police Department to address an increase in violent incidents just outside night clubs at the time.

Many members of the public and event promoters spoke against the proposed restrictions, saying they were “illegal” and “ridiculous.” One resident likened the increased security presence to that found in state prisons.

Sean Manchester, owner of Mighty, said security requirements cannot be the same for all venues.

“A restaurant with a DJ or acoustic guitar is not the same as a full blown night club,” he said before the meeting. “They are two entirely different venues and they operate in an entirely different way day to day.”

The proposed regulations will be brought back to the Entertainment Commission at an unknown date.


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