Nob Hill Association plans lawsuit against The City over Masonic Center live events 

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One neighborhood group that did not agree with allowing Live Nation to host 54 live shows annually at the Nob Hill Masonic Center plans to file legal action against the agreement approved by the Board of Supervisors this week.

The agreement, approved under a special permit in January, dropped the number from 68 to 54. It also decreased live events without music from 219 to 176. There is no limit on the number of events attended by fewer than 250 people.

But one neighborhood group said the decrease is not enough. Nob Hill Association members appealed the January permit, hoping to put the number of live events back to between 20 and 30 a year.

At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Live Nation reached an agreement with five of six neighborhood associations to allow the increase, but the Nob Hill Association and its 800 members declined to agree to the terms and as a result plan to file a lawsuit.

David Harmer, vice president of the Nob Hill Association, said the group believes the special permit is subject to an environmental impact report.

“Once again, The City has probably broken the law,” Harmer said. “Until an EIR is produced, the
question is if the city of San Francisco has the authority to issue any kind of special-use permit at all.”

Last year, a San Francisco judge ruled that Live Nation must complete an environmental review before any changes to the building can occur. A company spokeswoman has said a report that is in progress is for possible future renovations, not for increasing the number of live events.

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