Man stabbed in San Francisco just days after talk on nightclub safety 

Just two days after San Francisco elected officials gathered at a South of Market nightclub to announce new legislation to increase safety for nightclub patrons, a club-goer was found stabbed just one block away.

A 25-year-old man was stabbed during a fight between the victim and five or six other men just before
2 a.m. Saturday, according to police.

All the men are in their 20s, police said. The victim was stabbed in the shoulder and the back, but his injuries are not considered life-threatening.

Police said the incident began in a nightclub in the 600 block of Mission Street and spilled out onto the 600 block of Howard Street, where a fight broke out and the victim was stabbed. The exact club the altercation began in was not immediately known. There are at least six clubs, lounges or bars located in a two- block radius from where the victim was found.

Fewer than 36 hours earlier, however, supervisors David Chiu and Scott Wiener and City Attorney Dennis Herrera held a news conference to announce legislation that will be introduced today. The proposal would require parking lots to have a safety plan in place so there is extra security when clubs let out. Many parking lots are not staffed at night.

There are four parking lots and one garage along Howard Street, where the victim was found.

The plan would require parking lots and garages within 1,000 feet of a nightclub to enhance lighting in entrances, doorways and stairwells. The lots and garages also would be required to have staff on site until 3 a.m. Companies would be required to comply when applying for their annual operating permits.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

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