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year we reflect on the transit system. driven not i'm audrey joseph. the acting chair of the entertainment commission. july will mark the 10th year of the entertainment commission and we as an industry have come a long way. our venues are safer, we have survived the recession, our city has produced an economic impact report that speaks to our value as an industry, we are looking forward to the next economic impact report on daytime events and festival and we continue to improve our permitting process most recently the help of supervisor scott wiener extending limited live permits
to d j's. today we are introducing to the best i am practices manual based in security and we are discussing issues that are veflt relevant to us all. the 90s, san francisco nightlife awards recognized excellent and creative content and patron experience in the nightlife industry. we as an industry deserve that recognition. and now, a few highlights from the 90s. >> welcome to the 2013, 90 awards and the san francisco entertainment commission.♪
supervisors, david chiu. [ applause ] >> thank you, audrey, i'm sorry to have missed that 90s party. i wanted to come to say a brief few words to say what a wonderful job you are doing with city hall and work to go create a vibrant and safe nightlife. when i came to office in my first year there was a shooting that involved eight victims on van ness off polk street quarter. there was a horrible set of shootings that happened around club suede and fisherman's . that started some conversations that
initiate neighborhoods and law enforcement on the nightlife and entertainment. because of some of the work that you have done here, we have moved some conversations politically in which we have much more collaboration, much more cooperation and much more creativity when it comes to brainstorming. i want to thank your office to help us enforce the rules and i want to thank those in this room as well as those in c mac that gave my office ideas to make sure our party planning world would make sure it's successful that folks that operate parking lots are also responsible partners. all of these could not come from the work that all of you are doing with our entertainment commission staff to make sure that we are working together and moving in the right direction to ensure that we
have the most successful and the best an most exciting nightlife in the country. i'm really excited about the fact that within a few short months we are going to be kicking off the america's cup in my district and hopefully we'll have the most amazing parties to entertain millions of folks around the globe. as we proceed, we have to make sure that we are taking everyone's interest into account and i also want to say a thank you to those who have been working with my office to address the situation on broadway. just last week i introduced legislation supported by many folks in this room for the creation of a community benefits system along broadway hopefully for the first time again, bringing our nightlife operators and restaurant folks
sitting with our neighborhood friends to ensure that we have a nightlife that is vibrant and healthy and what is second 5-9 economy stands for. i wanted to come and cheer you on and say thank you for that and i know my colleagues and i look forward to working with all of you for a great future. have a great afternoon. >> [ applause ] >> thank you, supervisor chiu. there has been some changes. our staff is on maternity leave. the person in her place is nag ar. we also have as you may know, i think he's disappeared. there he is. our
inspector and sound technician. show your phase. of there you are in the back of the room. >> nicholas king is deputy director and instead we now have the fabulous, the wonderful miss cammy blackstone. c'mon up. so this year at this summit we've introduced something new and different for all of you to participate in. cammy is going to explain it and introduce it to you. >> all right we are trying to keep everybody engaged and involved. my new job is question queen. you may have gotten a yellow card when you came in. those are trivia question cards. i'm going to ask a trivia of questions. it's not a pop quiz. as we go through answers you can win
prices. the first question, out of all the places that sell draft beer in san francisco. the number one seller is at&t park. who comes in at no. 2. don't shout it out. at the episode -- end of the program you can win prices. okay. we are doing trivia questions all through the program. okay. i would like to now bring to the stage supervisor scott wiener. [ applause ] >> good afternoon, everyone. thanks for having me today. i'm glad we are able to do these summits and bring everyone together to discuss our best practices and really embrace and move forward this critical part of our city. one of the first things i did when i took
office in 2011 was to request our city economist to do an impact study on nightlife and shows how it contributes $2.4 billion to our economy. and we at city hall making policy to treat nightlife as a nuisance to be managed and the purpose of that study among other thing was to make clear this is an important economic benefit and for jobs and for so many other economic purposes and something that should not bow -- be treated at all as a nuisance but something to key and address. it's not just an economic and strong driver in our city, it's really part of the cultural part of our city.
and i will be honest that i have some concerns about where we are going in terms of our approach towards nightlife and what it means for the cultural essence of this city. we are seeing nightlife more and more under pressure for a variety of reasons and city hall in my view and my city government still takes an over reactive view towards nightlife instead of a more balanced view. we know historically what it's meant for our community for young people, four music lovers, for people in the lgbt community. we are at a crossroads and we have to make a choice whether we want to be a city that continues to attract young people here, whether we want to be a city that wants to continue to attract the creative class
here, creative whether they are raiders or tech folks. the reason why so many people come is because we have those cultural resources including nightlife. if we continue on the path where we are which is to put continuing pressure on that and making it more harder and more complicated and more expensive for anyone to offer nightlife to our city, we are going to suffer in the long run and we'll become a beautiful and very quiet city and very peaceful for everyone but it won't be the interesting place that it is today. on the san francisco political spectrum of either liberal or more liberal or really liberal on one of those scales, by the san francisco standards i'm probably considered a fairly law & order kind of guy. i'm
probably not by natural standards but by city standards. i think when it comes to nightlife, we view it too much from a law enforcement perspective. although law enforcement is a critical stakeholder in nightlife policy, i think law enforcement is playing too dominant a role and anytime we are doing anything the first question is about law enforcement. as opposed to law enforcement plus these other four things. i think we need to take a much more balanced approach in that respect. we also need to empower our entered at -- entertainment commission to do it's job and i will hear the board tomorrow to extend live performance to dj's and
creating more outdoor music and granting and effectively manage issues when they come up and by having a more effective entertainment commission which has made great strides, we are going to be that much the better for it. i look forward to working with everyone and again thank you for having me today. [ applause ] >> thank you, supervisor wiener. well, it's that time again, where are you, cammy? by the
way, audrey joseph, everyone. we just heard from two of our board of supervisors. as you know there are 11 members but only two supervisors have played on stage in san francisco in rock bands. so your question no. the are who are the the two supervisors who have been in bands and played on stage. two supervisors out of 11. we just need their names. thanks. >> all right. next, so we invited the head of the abc here tonight. jacob apple smith but he wasn't able to make it. instead we have chrissal brek who is going to make a statement for you guys, if you have questions we are going to open it for q and a. if you have questions please feel free and c'mon up and ask them but keep them brief. >> good afternoon, everyone.
and thanks for having us here. he's not able to be here. he's in los angeles today as a special advisor to the governor. i want to thank you folks for having us here today as we plan to be part of the summit in the years to come. we truly recognize the commissions place in this community and within our state. i over see our northern california field operations. you might know mike course on who overseas the office here in sacramento. we are happy to be back on this side of the bay able to serve you folks for your licensing and permitting needs without
the inconvenience of having to -- bridge toll. maybe we are going to roll out as early as next year online license renewals. it's a slow process when you are trying to work with state government on that kind of thing because of the fact that you have to deal with contracted bidders who are going to be handling yourself, but not only yourself like a small agency that we are but some of the larger ones as well. so finding that middle ground and making those things happen is difficult but we are trying to get our business platform as we go forward. it's been kind of an interesting year for us. as many of you
probably know, medicinal marijuana is the talk of the day at the state legislature. there is a bill pending right now that would put the abc correctly in the crossroads if you will of the effort calling on us to become the regulators of medicinal marijuana dispensaries. i can't and won't answer any opinions about that because we haven't been told how we feel about it yet. we are working very closely with the legislative leaders on it and the governor's office and the bill's sponsors and some of the stake holders to have ourselves prepared in case -- we maybe as soon as january 2014 have that task within our mission as a regulatory agency
that's been doing something somewhat similar for over 60 years. we do feel confident that we will be able to get the job done as it's given to us, but it in a very early state of that and we are still working through to be prepared. one thing we will for sure and definitely want to make sure we get communicated to you folks today is that it will not impact our ability to serve you in the abc licensing or oversight role that we have. we are the alcohol and beverage control and we are funding through the abc special fund through your application and renewal fees and our role to ensure that we are not a road block to developing business in that area is something we certainly keep in the forefront of our minds.
america's cup races, we have had a couple of meetings with the stake holders in the city and promoters and pretty much everyone else that you can think is involved in that end of things and we hope to move forward and we hope to have abc permitted in place so we are not impeding the incredible time that it's going to be for this entire city and looking forward to spending a day out there and seeing what it's all about. but there are some regulatory and legislative hurdles that we have to get through because of the uniqueness of the event with the temporary location that it's going to be there for well over a hundred days. it's very unique in that aspect but we are working closely with everyone involved and we think it's going to come off well
from a regulatory standpoint. that's about all i had today in terms of abc's spot in this thing. again, we want to thank you for having us part of the summit. it's a great honor to be here. this is a really unique thing for us and that we find ourselves more commonly at odds in having to react to specific issues. we love to be here on the front end of them and be involved with issues as they are in front of us and we hope to be part of solution for everything that concerns you folks. thank you very much. [ applause ] okay. we are doing a little q and a. go ahead.
>> [inaudible] i have two different questions, as an entrepreneur, i would like to expand and buy another bar. with all of the building that's been unlocked since 2008 and everything going on around here, the market economy basis of our licensing has driven prices insane. there are no licenses and there are nothing but new properties coming seeking licenses. last year i was told that the solution was
up to me as a bar owner as a citizen to try to push my legislators to create something. how can we go about creating new licenses in order to unlock the economy on our entrepreneurial activities and as one of the entrepreneurs in the city. what's to keep me from going elsewhere, leaving san francisco. what is san francisco and the abc going to do to help keep me in the city so i can create new jobs and new businesses that are going to drive tax revenue to this city? >> a great point and great question and appreciate the opportunity to speak directly to it. as you all know, liquor licensing is a formulated thing and allowances for number of
liquor license within particular communities and counties is in fact limited by among other things but chiefly a population. we all know that san francisco's population itself is not that great in comparison to its transitory population that is here for it's entertainment, right? so it could be argued that there are not enough liquor licenses to serve not only the people that live here which is the way the legislation was created. i believe it's somewhere in the neighborhood of a full on sale liquor licenses for every 2,000 residents in the area but the hundreds of thousands of people that come from these bridges and highways and airplanes to be entertained for the wonderful food and nightlife that is here. so yes, one could argue that the formula doesn't work for something like this and there should be exceptions
to it. there have in fact been legislative efforts for the last decade for different tourist based economies to have additional liquor licenses allowed for it. napa, i believe was the last, i believe there is a pending bill for marine county for the same sponsored by legislators from those areas. we the department, the abc have been really completely hands off any kind of position or opposition to those kinds of things. the first one that we took no position on and basically said let's let the community and the full legislator when it comes down to it vote on whether or not it's appropriate and we'll react to it and process those licenses as they come and there haven't been any problem on those communities to date on facilitating those things but in the department we have the
same position very likely for san francisco. some of the legislative leaders i can tell you at this point have grown a little bit frustrated with the carving out kind of atmosphere that's being played there. when you look at the sponsored bill you have a lot when you are looking at an interest group you have a sponsor there and the way california politics work. some people have gotten fed up with the ideas that there are these carved out areas that have them and they are starting to ask questions about whether or not there might be a good idea to look at them which will make make more allowances for someone to possibly go into lottery system to get a license here but will increase the supply which should reduce the demand in the overall retail cost of those licenses as they are traded on
the open market. the abc act does allow those licenses to be traded on the open market without any price controls on our part. but, what is the future hold there? it's hard to say. i can say at this point that the department itself is not making any specific efforts toward bringing new licenses in, but we are certainly not bringing any barriers to it and when it really comes down to it, we would be very supportive of a broad based legislative effort to work the entire formulas throughout the state so there wouldn't be a bill for every place that wanted new licenses come in including san francisco. >> thank you. and the second part of my question is, i'm also an educator. i get invited
to distillery around the world and which draws a lot of attention for our expertise and spirits and i do a lot of education. i'm a national education bar tenders guild. the liquor laws don't allow us to use alcohol in training. the bar tenders schools in california are a joke. it's a cheap industry where hopeful bar tenders are hoping to take a $300-500 course to use colored liquid. if we are expected to do this for educational purposes, i imagine that we have to do the same thing, to go through the
legislators to propose that to the public and propose it to the abc. i believe this nightlife summit was create because of problems in the public, there was problems with noise, problems with over drinking, a lot of our laws are based on that. i'm here to propose that we have more responsible training for our bar tenders and servers. the cocktail boom around the country has turned bartenders into a true professional. now that professional bartender's job is in question. >> i'm