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place. i do not know how you would go about measuring this, but do you have any thoughts? >> it would be difficult to measure in the would need a different survey, but the statistics of what we know to be true suggest that something like that is going on. when you see the number of young people that basically are coming to san francisco frequently for night life, in the think about, as you alluded to earlier, the importance in my life at framing your sense of community, i would find it easy to believe that the critical mass of night life in san francisco is a critical draw for the people living here. we know, for example, that demographically san francisco is over-represented by people in the 20's and people who are senior citizens, the two groups that have more than -- where we have more of them that -- and
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other parts of the state. i would a imagine that that is exactly what you're talking about. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- thank you. -- supervisor wiener: thank you, great. i want to invite jason elliott from the mayor's office. >> thank you, supervisor, chairman. jason elliott, from the mayor's office. stole my thunder. this is a phenomenal study and i think that the numbers are staggering. 80 million paying customers, billions in economic impact. it is shockingly amazing, how big these numbers are. there is a direct economic impact, and then there is the fact that this is what makes san francisco san francisco. technology companies want to be here for a number of reasons, predominantly because the talent is here.
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the talent is here, predominantly, because it is fun to live here. would love to my home town, this is what -- with love to my home town, this is what makes sense francisco the place. firms are expanding, they want to be here. that is not what is qualified so much as it is impact fall. the mayor, in recent days, has spoken of this topic and the reason to have targeted staff, like we did with local manufacturing. we're going to focus on this in a sort of dedicated way, making the same commitment to night life, which presents its own unique set of challenges and opportunities, to support that industry. we, of course, want to receive input and feedback from the entertainment commission through your office, supervisor, and the night my community, about how
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best to support the community. we look forward to working through that. city government seems to be working with the well, just to reiterate. the reason that we can have a vibrant place for companies to relocate here is because it is a vibrant place to live, the night by opportunities. thank you for commissioning this study and thank you to the comptroller's office for doing such a good job. any questions? supervisor wiener: thank you. next i want to invite up jocelyn from the entertainment of it -- jocelyn, from the entertainment commission. we have three entertainment commissioners here. commissioner anaconda -- yes? you are here? as well as speaker lee and brian. >> commissioner perez. supervisor wiener: i did not see
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you back there. thank you for coming. >> good afternoon, supervisors. what mr. elliott said, that was music to my years. we are thrilled and want to thank supervisor we're -- supervisor wiener, obviously, for bringing to light these numbers that are so important. the business of night life is hard and everyone knows it. my part in that, the entertainment commission's part in that, makes it easier at times, but we feel important about that. i want to say that besides thinking supervisor wiener and, of course, the controller, i want to thank the industry itself. they have worked really hard, as they know, to professionalize themselves, to minimize the incidents that have occurred,
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making my job easier. i hope that they continue to do that in specialized every part of their business, to keep up that good work. we wanted to definitely highlight the mayor's commitment to a position, essentially, in the office of economic development, to work with the industry and our commission to figure out how we can best support it. government in the past has been an impediment. again, i am part of government. i want to move us all into the position of being a partner with this industry, and i think that the government will definitely benefit from that. we are aware that the mayor's office, and the board as well,
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have been using culture, arts, entertainment to develop that market. personally i have seen, for a few years, people developing the southeast sector of san francisco as well, because land use really allows for a lot of activity in that sector what you saw is indicative of where planning allows entertainment and where it does not. to be reminded that while there is a tremendous amount of the value in this industry, there's a lot of san francisco that does not allow entertainment at all, of which is a good thing. there are neighborhoods in san francisco that are preserved through land use, keeping those neighbors feeling comforted by the fact that they will continue to be primarily a residential and always there neighborhood first. i do not want to harp on this court -- on this for too long,
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but we are here to work with the industry and you, supervisors, in your district, to make sure that my life is safe, responsible, and that we are doing a great job of it. thank you for your time. supervisor wiener: thank you. any questions? great. is chris here? from the office of small business. >> good afternoon, supervisors. regina apologizes that she was not able to be here. i have a brief statement on her behalf. the office of small business and small business commission have been supporters of nightlife economy and we're pleased to hear the results of this economic study. just as we hear about innovation in this traditional economy, we need to remind ourselves that
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the the other nine-five economies are equally debated. after today we find out it is overall important to the economy here. we remain committed to working with the entertainment commission, to promote, advocate, and support this sector. as permitting is under the purview of this sector, there are a number of areas where the office place a supporting role about employer mandates, permitting, planning and other areas of city in the street. recently, we worked with the entertainment commission are pleased to hear that businesses are taking advantage of this exciting new kind of permit. but look forward to other opportunities to partner with the commission -- we look forward to partnering with the commission on similar opportunities. in the form of direct and indirect spending, other sectors, like security companies, a cpa's, payroll, and
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other industries see significant benefits. let's not forget how tightly tied entertainment is to itself. directly benefiting from robust entertainment sector. additionally, vibrant nightlife helps to attract employees of the traditional light live -- not like to the city. the office of the small business commission thank the supervisors for calling this report. we appreciate the work that has been undergone to appreciate -- to support it. supervisor wiener: before we get to public comment, i know we have four entertainment commissioners here in my wonder if any commissioners wanted to make comment. in order to be careful about the brown act, may be only three of you should speak since we have a quorum of entertainment commission here. but if any of you would like to make any comments, feel free. commissioner lee?
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>> thank you, supervisors. again, this impact study, i was a business owner for many years in san francisco. i know how much i pay every year, now everyone else knows how much i pay. we recently remodeled our facilities this year. unfortunately, be were down six months, but occasionally every month we would have a little party. what happened is, we did open call for jobs and we had over 150 people applied. unfortunately, we are currently doing about 45 employees right now. it was amazing to see how many young people are looking for jobs. they are all students. many of them cannot work full time. we offer them a part-time situation. as far as jobs and everything else, this is a great thing and i am glad that this study is
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out. as far as club owners are concerned, we are in new generation -- i am not, but the new generation understands that public safety is number one. i think they are trying to do their best to work with their neighbors, and there is still a lot of work in progress. supervisor wiener: thank you, commissioner. ok, we will open it up to public comment. i have a hand of cards for those who may have been arrived late. -- i have a handful of cards. for those who have arrived late, please turn your cards to the clerk. each public comment turbo have three minutes to speak, more than the usual two minutes. when you have 30 seconds left, you will hear a short, soft bell. when your three minutes is over, you will hear a loud bell.
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i will call up the cards that i have. [reid's names] -- reads names] >> thank you, greetings, supervisors. in the co-chair of the california music and culture association. we're thrilled with the results of the economic impact study and we thank supervisor wiener for his leadership on making sure that this study happens. this proves what we already know. the night by the industry is not only an important part of the san francisco cultural fabric, but a major player in the economy. we know that many people come here for the vibrant arts and culture scene, but be can put a finger on the tax revenue generated, the number of jobs,
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and the other businesses supported by the industry. last year we heard a lot of candidates talking about jobs, jobs, and more jobs. now we can see that a significant portion of the jobs in san francisco, 40,000, or job that we call the other 9:00 to 5:00. that number could be higher, if the government eased on regulations. it is a bit a big number. as was mentioned, the study did not include the biggest event in san francisco, the outdoor festivals and street fairs. in a recent study conducted by san francisco state, they were generated -- estimated to have generated more than $60 million. hundreds of thousands of visitors come to san francisco for gay pride, to the jazz festival, for the chinese new year.
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they are paying our taxes, taking airbuses, spending our money -- spending their money in our businesses. i have been an advocate for night life and culture for many years, and such advocacy recently -- such advocacy revolves around a crisis. usually when we advocate for night live, we have to rely on anecdotal evidence or platitudes about how important the night life economy is. that is why the study is so important. it allows for a holistic approach. you now have a far more complete picture of the benefits of night live in san francisco. it cannot be understated. it is important to us. we know that helping the entertainment scene thrive is important. it makes san francisco a more attractive place to live in me know that it is essential to the san francisco and economic future -- live and now we know
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that it is essential to the san francisco economic future. >> mr. president, supervisors, especially supervisor wiener, thank you. i am amazed by this, actually. as some of you know, i have had my first dance hall license for almost 30 years. i have been involved with nightlife entertainment for those 30 years. many of you know, especially jocelyn, since many of you heard me at the entertainment commission, i am very frustrated. stupidity drives me crazy. in this way, the harm has been done to the san francisco nightlife over the past 15 years is just stupid, when you think about it. we have to recognize that. let's go back to the 1980's. the gavin report, thousands of music professionals --
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independent music people came to town every year. at the same time, a little group called south by southwest grew up in austin and it has turned into a billions and billions of dollars worth generator for revenue in the city of austin. portland has become a major might like tourist destination, because of their nightlife scene. i pick it up in the in-flight magazines, they are always talking about portland. when i came to town, we were the no. 1 entertainment venue for tourism. what has happened, we have been 20 years worth of neglect and outright hostility by city and county officials, by department. is this still going on? yes, i am fighting a battle at 4360 at the moment, because they do not want to put a liquor license in their. this has been described as a
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place where people simply deal crack. these are responsible professionals that have a bar. police ask me -- why should be put another liquor license on sixth street? they do not get the fact that the two security guards on the corner, going down to the corner for the last three months, it has transformed because there are two big guys on the corner, stopping all of the bs. look at what happened is we've neglected this. vegas, $100 million. $200 million for three nightclubs in vegas, which is a smaller town. there is cost to it, lab kids, but a big benefit. captioned by the national captioning institute --www.ncicap.org-- -- supervisor wiener: thank you for your comments.
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i know that you do a lot of work with staffing issues, and i know that there has been a backlog. has there been any improvement in terms of abc processing? >> it changed overnight. i have pretty good connections, and i could not get an appointment in four months for a transfer allocation. as soon as it hit, it went down to one week. i told someone today that they were buying in the rent water hotel and i told them that this morning. it is true. supervisor wiener: glad to hear that. thank you. >> thank you. i would like to, as everyone else has, really thank supervisor wiener for his leadership on this issue. you have been an incredible advocate to the nightlife industry. i have been to night clubs in
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both of your districts. i think that you do do good work, supporting entrepreneurs there. i am currently a dj promoter in that my life. before that i had a nonprofit background and i wanted to speak to the impact that nonprofit has on that sector in the city. it was not included in the report, but as federal, state, in city agencies have been slashing profits -- slashing budgets for nonprofits, nightlife has been coming in to fill the void with cash. off the top of my head, folsom st. events have contributed over $300,000 each year to the breast cancer emergency fund, the stop aids project -- the list goes on. since the grant program started in 1997, they have contributed
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over $2 million. they hold a private party every year. this benefits the lgbt center in the district of supervisor wiener. so, in addition to the jobs created by the folks that actually work in these bars, the fund rate that we -- the fund raising that we do really impacts what the other folks do in this community. this past saturday the beneficiary of our photo booth was a middle school, who had their art supply budget cut. we raised $1,000 so that the kids can have their art supplies returned to them. as you are all moving forward, i want to reach out to the nonprofits in your district. if night life had not been active, we are here to be a part
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of the community and to be neighbors as much as individual residents. please continue to think of us in that capacity as well. thank you. supervisor wiener: thank you very much. mr. allen? >> supervisors, thank you. thank you for the three minutes. i am going to do in that history. one decade ago, the system for permitting in san francisco underwent a fundamental structural change that has been copied around the country in the world. that change was the creation of a citizen directed entertainment commission, where seven members came from different areas and interests to the community, sitting down on a regular basis to deal with permitting on the advanced side, to bring the
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concerns of each of those constituencies to the table. while it has not been perfect, it has done a tremendous job of elevating san francisco's responsibility, as they are now feeling that they are a part of this process. i cannot underscore that enough. i was fortunate to be part of the transition team leadership. i am very happy to be retired. i retired to held to startcmac. -- start cmac. in 1983, but the aids crisis it, but what with a way to generate money for a community that was being said devastated. in the 1990's we have events that pounded all kinds of nonprofits in the aids and gay community. i do not think i could quantify how many millions and millions of dollars were generated by
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this emergency fund, and others, as they were bulk of people going in and out of my life. our community has changed. as every day turns over, there is a group of us that no longer go out, but there is another group that, in. they're coming for a very different reason in we're seeing very different behaviors. the entertainment commission, one of the last things that happened was a strength of the entertainment commission, giving them the power to usurp permits, and give incremental tickets to venue management so that they knew they had programs -- problems. i want to applaud the leadership for taking the commission in the dip -- the direction they're going in.
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it is important to figure out how they work those together. i think it would be very i opening and it thank you again for your time and leadership. thank you. supervisor wiener: thank you. >> supervisors, my [unintelligible] name is -- a [unintelligible] name is -- much name is [unintelligible] i help applicants get those full entertainment per -- permits. i know some people came here for the summer of love and never went back. every great city in america, whether it is detroit, los angeles, san francisco has grown up with folk music evolving into rock and other reforms, like hip-hop, r&b, deejays, but it
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involves. as you get older, sometimes music tends to be noise year. but some of the steps being taken right now, the first is the surveillance cameras that are having an impact, where we are able to monitor activity. second of all, id leaders are much more dependable now. it is working. -- andid readers are a i -- id readers are much more dependable now. club owners are policing themselves. they know the value and the responsibility and do not want to 1% of the people causing problems dragging down the entire industry. many of the people in this room
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are club owners, and although they are competitors, they know the value of communicating, coming together, making the industry better. i see a bright future. you see the numbers. the numbers mean something. we need to nurture and elevate this industry at the same time, providing the safeguards so that people get the rest that they are responsible for. supervisor wiener: thank you. i have two more cards. linda chapman, tom murphy. >> first of all, thank you again for bringing this study forward. thank you for having this hearing. music, night life, and entertainment for an important ecosystem. night life itself is one aspect of an ecosystem, an industry of music and creative industries in
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san francisco. by studying this one element, we are touching the tip of the iceberg of an enormous amount of jobs and of revenue, and of money flowing into town, not to mention the cultural benefits received from my life, music, and culture. some of the things that you do not see are important to pay attention to, particularly the festival that san francisco has become known to. and then -- known for. we bring an enormous crowd to treasure island every year. virtually every festival that we have features a musical component. the music industry employs a great number of people that do not show up, a night life study that contributes to the night
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life economy. whether they are involved with engineers, or music creators themselves, working day and night to create the entertainment online or elsewhere, i am incredibly excited with this study that has been undertaken in backing their is a lot of room to expand on this, to understand the depth of the creative industries in the city, understanding how they impact the jobs of those working within in how they expand other businesses, generating new ideas, excitement, bringing new workers into the city to fuel the spirit that makes this area great. another issue is that we are the future of the music industry here in san francisco. technology is leading the change that we are seeing in the way that music is consumed and that people use it.
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including how they go out at night. if the city addresses it correctly, san francisco has a good chance at being the center of the music industry in this country, a worthy place for a city like san francisco. supervisor chiu: i was going to ask you to comment on the gavin report in the industry that used to be here that seems to have been lost to boston, portland, cortlandportlandia, and other pn the country. >> right now we have a city that has begun to open festivals. the more we do that, the easier it is to bring those events that draw people from all around the country. that is helpful, in one respect. yes, this city has had a long history of being a