Nightclub Jelly’s plans to protest its imminent eviction 

As city officials get tough on nightclubs they say are bastions for violence and unruliness, one Mission Bay establishment is fighting back.

The owners of Jelly’s — a San Francisco club on Pier 50 facing eviction following a killing outside its doors last month — were scheduled to protest at Pier 1 on Friday. The Port of San Francisco served Jelly’s with an eviction notice days after Lee Farley, 39, of Richmond, was gunned down July 11.

Port officials said the shooting, other violence and noise complaints helped encourage the eviction decision, which goes into effect Wednesday.

Club owners say the violence is unrelated to the venue, which operates as a restaurant and dance café, calling the eviction “unfair and illegal.”

They are scheduled to protest at 4 p.m. Friday at Pier 1.

An ongoing spate of violence at city nightclubs has vexed police and politicians and prompted calls for policy changes to stiffen enforcement.

On Monday, Mayor Gavin Newsom signed a measure into law that gives the Entertainment Commission power to revoke the operating permits of troubled nightclubs.

Supervisor David Chiu has said The City averages at least one club-related shooting a month.

Suede, a club near Fisherman’s Wharf, was closed permanently after a man was killed and four others injured in a hail of 44 bullets. That same month, a shooting near a North Beach nightclub was followed by a high-speed police chase and a fatal hit-and-run.

In April, a man was fatally shot and three others injured in a parking lot near several South of Market nightclubs just after closing time.

Residents have complained for years that the Entertainment Commission has turned a blind eye to the problem due to the financial benefits clubgoers bring to The City. Some have called for the commission to be disbanded for failing to take action.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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