North Beach club romp canceled 

A block party involving several clubs along the violence-prone stretch of Broadway in North Beach has been canceled after the concerns of police, local businesses and neighbors were highlighted in The Examiner.

On Tuesday, after The Examiner detailed safety concerns with the plans for Mega Block Party, the promoter of the May 29 event, Edgar Cruz, announced the event’s cancellation. The Mega Block Party would have allowed clubbers access to at least eight venues along Broadway if they purchased a wristband in advance.

“Due to the unwarranted negative media attention focused on the event, we decided to cancel it,” Cruz said.

With its cluster of strip clubs and bars, Broadway has long been considered a breeding ground for unruly crowds and violence, police say. Recent violence in the area includes a case in which a car allegedly fatally ran down a pedestrian while driving away from a shooting Feb. 19.

“Given the numerous concerns raised about the public safety of our neighborhoods, I am relieved by the decision to cancel the event,” said Supervisor David Chiu, who represents North Beach.

However, Cruz pointed out that the promoters have held other successful block parties, including one in January, with no problems. He said they were planning on increasing security for the May block party, with street ambassadors.

“They clearly weren’t prepared to deal with the public safety issues and neighborhood concerns around this idea, and canceling the event was the right thing to do,” said Tony Winnicker, spokesman for Mayor Gavin Newsom. “Responsible club owners and promoters know that a safe atmosphere is good for the neighborhood and good for business. That’s why Mayor Newsom has proposed and continues to support legislation that requires club promoters to register and weeds out ‘fly by night’ operators seeking to make a quick buck.”

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