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lot this year. i have been filling in for his former position. my name is amy brown. the mayor since his regrets. he has a very busy schedule, as i am sure that you understand. welcome, everyone. mostly i want to just express to you that we do know in city government how important this industry is. we know it is important for our tourism visitors and our economy, the jobs that it directly and indirectly creates. most of all it is important because it is part of what makes san francisco san francisco. a vibrant nightlife is part of why tourists come here. the kinds of people that are creative and entrepreneurial,
that come here and live here, creating jobs in high-tech industries, it is part of why they want to be here. because of our restaurants, entertainment, and clubs. i want to stress that we know how much good that you do for the city and we appreciate it. often we make it difficult to be small businesses here. i know that there is a lot of bureaucracy. we are trying, through the entertainment commission, to find ways to streamline the process. we look forward to hearing from you how we might help the entertainment industry specifically. i know that often we focus on the negative about this industry. that is because that is mostly what we hear. complaints about noise and graffiti. obviously, we are camp -- concerned and are doing anything they can to make sure that our
night life is safe for everyone to enjoy. i want to say that while we all need to work together to address those issues, we want to work to make sure that you are a strong and thriving industry. so, thank you all for being here. it is very important. i know that there will be feedback an opportunity for questions and comments. letting us know how what we might do it better. we really welcome that kind of feedback and we look forward to working with you. thank you, and welcome. >> a good afternoon. as the first speaker said, ia
am not ed lee either. again, i want to echo all of the sentiments said before me. i think that the entertainment commission has come a long way. as has the industry. we see a lot less complaints and a lot more cooperation between law enforcement and the industry. i am proud to say that that is all accomplished by four people. that is as large as the entertainment commission is. i think that they are doing a stellar job. i look forward to working with them in the future to make things move as smoothly as we can. thank you very much.
>> my old boss, with these glasses he keeps telling me that i look like the monopoly guy. pretty somber group for entertainment. i hope it is not because of the police in the room. [laughter] i go out and bought. i like entertainment. -- i go out a lot. i like entertainment. i was deputy chief when this commission was born. i know many of the entertainment commissioners. we have become friends. that said, we have had some tough goes over the last few years. we have made gains. i do not necessarily want to give back the ground that the game with regards to making the city safer. i have a son in a band. for me to pop up at cafe dunor, trigger, or blondie's -- if they
have a live entertainment permit. i was in there once and i was told to make sure that they should get a permit because i thought it was great. i do not have a lot of prepared comments. i have been to this summit before and i know that you have a lot of comments. could i take a few minutes of questions? that will leave you to your captains and permit officers. any questions? or are we golden with regards to entertainment in san francisco? >> [inaudible] [laughter]
>> san francisco police. how does he get to be a preferred vendor? >> [inaudible] >> i think is bid and clout. sell yourself to the job. keep it safe. that is how that works. >> no one has any questions? >> [inaudible] is there feedback on that? >> i know that everyone has concerns with regards to be a tight -- videotape and big brother watching.
but we do not monitor the crime cameras in san francisco. the quality is often not such that the images are presentable in court. the private cameras, many of them are great. recently there were cases in the media where we made fantastic cases or corroborated other stories based on quality video. as a place of entertainment, it is not necessarily big brother watching, it is that no one is watching the cameras. but they do pay s big dividends later. i know that we are going to seek, in instances where there is, for lack of a better phrase, at risk of venues? where we might suggest or highly recommend the condition of video? anyone that wanted to have
video, it generally makes the area safer. >> [inaudible] part of the future? >> i never thought we would have the internet. i will not say no. as soon as we had it and it is not cost prohibitive, there is nothing that you could rule out right now. >> [inaudible] >> we met with the answer to it -- entertainment commission. much has been made of the potential conflict of interest. officers not being able to work directly for places with a liquor license. i have discussed that would command staff. as far as i am concerned, we have been and will continue to hold the club's accountable for what happens outside. it seems fair that if you want to hire officers, like in the
bayview, often the neighborhood or the area may have hired officers for out front, boosting patrol, violence reduction. whenever. i would support that. absent the city telling me in black and white that that is not something we can do, i do not think it is a good fight -- bad idea. >> [inaudible] >> pie in the sky, that is already supposed to happen. traditionally the beat cops work the business corridors. most businesses, absent the entertainment industry, they are closed by 9:00 or 10:00 at night. the lion's share of the foot beat officers work from 11 in the morning until 9:00 at night.
we tried to take in the transit corridors. we get spread pretty thin when it gets to be midnight, 2:00 in the morning. certainly, valencia st. would be one of the areas. i am sure that he would love to hear more from you. >> [inaudible] >> i am happy to have that conversation, the problem is that we are down a certain
amount of officers. when we spread the time out midnight shift, that is traditionally one that we try to catch up with by the morning. by extending the evening and the crowd, any potential problems with it, we spread our resources thin. at a certain hour, we roll up the sidewalks in san francisco. you are asking us not to roll them up for a while. absent staffing that we would like to have to do that on straight time, that will definitely be an ongoing conversation. hopefully the city recovers more than -- i mean, we are going in the right direction. but we need to replace the bodies that will head for retirement over the next three years. that is in progress. that is the answer to that question.
ok? thank you. [applause] >> hello, everyone. you will hear from me a lot. my name is jocelyn kane. next up, scott wiener, the board of supervisors, like a ding dong i forgot that they were in recent -- recess. he will be here to talk about a cool project that we are working on. >> good afternoon, everyone. the supervisor left this statement on his behalf. "i am not in town while we do -- while we are in recess, but i am here in spirit. the sooner that we recognize in a brace the fact that night life is key to the city, policy makers to often viewed this as
challenges to deal with, focusing on violence, drunken behavior, and the like. it is one of the things that makes san francisco unique and defines us. without these unique abilities to enjoy ourselves, it would not be san francisco. understanding and embracing this has been a priority for me as a member of the board of supervisors. engaging in the study of the economic impact as an entertainment and lite light industry, this study, which i anticipate will be completed later this year, will be providing a key policy tool. no longer will we be unduly focused on the negative. instead we will see the negative and the positive. i look forward to sharing this with you and working on it together. the commission does not have nearly enough resources to do
what we wanted to do. the commission has done a very good job over the past year in focusing on its core mission. we need to make sure that continues to have credibility. finally, as we activate more public spaces, it is important for the entertainment community to work with our city department and make them interesting. thank you for what you do to make this town interesting and break. i will always be our ally." [applause] >> he is a lot shorter than supervisor wiener, if you know. again, thank you for coming. as the tgv is more bunched than i want them to be, but thank you for being here. i hope that you will take the time to turn around and find your permit officer and your
venue. it is really important that you have a relationship. one of the things that we will do in the breakout sessions is talk about that relationship, shared space, and shared resources. that will be important to think about. in the meantime, i wanted to underscore the economic impact policy. we were hopeful to be more further along. i will ask that you be prepared to engage in that study when the survey instrument it's done. it will probably be an online survey that should be fairly easy. the more people that fill it out, the better the data we will have we think it will likely be
in the billions. the more you that it involved and give the data that is asked of you, the more accurate it will be. i will leave it there. the other thing i was hoping to do today, just a power play instead of the actual web site. many remember when, about one year ago, we had some violence going on. the mayor shook a finger in city hall and talk about fixing the night life and policing yourself. it was passed by david shu,
regarding promoters. it started a few years ago ended did not go anywhere. basically it wound up being a listing of promoters. so, we are pretty close to launching this website. it will look like that. not bad. it is super simple and it is one of those things that you sign up for this free. it does not create a good promoter list or a bad promoter list. it's simply is a list. san francisco has never had a listing or registry at all about who is in that business of promoting. the definition is pretty much
anyone that does events at night time in san francisco. the biggest part of it for us, then use permitted by the entertainment commission -- venues permitted by the entertainment commission must use licensed workers. because it is something that you can use any time, it is simple to put your name in. not to block anyone, but this is the us in the city and how to get in touch with you so, it is pretty simple.
lots of those men new forms. this page is public information. the stuff all along the bottom asks you about your former officers and more business information? that is not public and frisian is that -- so, if you are a venue and you want to check on a promoter that comes to you, this is what you will see. clicking on it will all of you to see, again, that public information.
so, that other step will not be accessible to people in the account holder. a real promoter, i put that in. in the legislation the touch of promoters not on the list and consequences to that, but hopefully, again, this is not to get in your way at all, it is just to finally give us a list and that idea of who is operating in san francisco. you have a question? >> [inaudible]
smaller venues [inaudible] >> white. so, the question, something i will talk about next, the new permit that be created, almost done this year compared is going to require folks to use this. i think that the answer is no. almost surely. this is relevant to places of entertainment and it does not name limited live performance venues. these are people with extended hours from the entertainment commission. let's [inaudible] >> no. thank you for the question.
we have written disclaimer language. this is not a list of good promoters or bad promoters. this is simply a list. i will make it in red. there will be a disclaimer to that of fact. it does not take the place for venues and venue owners, managers, to choose their promoters likely -- to choose their performers -- promoters cautiously. you are still running around bar and security team. those are required. so, the answer is no. ok?
>> [inaudible] >> it is not capable of editorial. i do none know that that would be a good thing, necessarily. it speaks to the need for you guys to speak to one another as well. because this is a person business, out of people business, we would be in an awkward position. and as always, as you might remember, this commission was a big experiment. this is also an experiment of sorts. we have never done this before,
it is a fairly specific nightclub promoter definition. it is not supposed to be people in the park singing happy birthday to each other. it is very specific. we do not want to make it such that it starts with the kind of promotion that the city of san francisco and nightclub has seen problems in. primarily it is people using places of entertainment at 10:00 p.m. or later. so, i hope that is helpful. >> [inaudible] >> the consequences of having a problem. if you are p