City looks to detour party-bus problems from its streets

The party buses rolling through San Francisco carry more than good times.

The growing industry is also wheeling in headaches for neighbors and police, according to San Francisco Entertainment Commission President Audrey Joseph, who wants the city attorney to examine how the party-bus business could be regulated.

The for-hire buses carry groups of revelers from club to club, boosting business for clubs, while also keeping drinkers from driving.

Joseph and other city officials said the party buses bring people mostly to clubs in North Beach and the South of Market area and come with numerous concerns, including violence, public urination and double- and triple-parking.

About two weeks ago, a brawl outside a SoMa dance club “spilled out of the [party] bus and into the street,” said Joseph, who added, “People were hurt. A cop was hurt.”

The California Public Utilities Commission issues operating authority to charter buses after a safety check and proof of insurance is provided, but does not get involved in specific guidelines for how a “party bus” must operate, according to spokeswoman Susan Carothers.

A spokesman for Bauer’s WorldwideTransportation, Mark Jarrell, said the company hasn’t had a problem with their party buses.

Up to 20 party buses are out on San Francisco streets on some nights, carrying up to 40 people each, said Bob Davis, executive director of the Entertainment Commission.

Today, the Entertainment Commission is expected to vote on a resolution to direct the city attorney to work with the CPUC on regulations.

jsabatini@examiner.com

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