Letters from our Readers: Scofflaw Suede nitery deserves shutdown

Despite the efforts of the Entertainment Commission and law enforcement to rectify the behavior of Suede nightclub’s operators, unlawful activity continued. Nightclubs that are blatantly out of compliance and make no attempts to abide by the regulations that promote safe entertainment should not be allowed to continue to operate.

It is unfortunate that one “bad apple” can spoil the reputation of an industry that overwhelmingly employs responsible business practices and supports safe venues for entertainment. A thriving entertainment industry contributes significantly to San Francisco’s economy — driving tourism, providing jobs and generating tax revenue for city services.

At the California Music and Culture Association, we applaud City Attorney Dennis Herrera and Board President David Chiu for seeking legislation to increase the Entertainment Commission’s power to issue permits and regulate venues, including the ability to shut down unlawful clubs. This will be a crucial step toward ensuring incidents like what happened at Suede do not occur again.

Tim Benetti, California Music and Culture Assoc., San Francisco

Is Kamala that cunning?

San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris is running in the November election for state attorney general. What better way to hide the debacle of the police crime lab breakdown than by delaying a supposed investigation until after the election and keeping Deborah Madden quiet with retirement and health benefits while the scandal hopefully blows over.

No, Kamala Harris could not be that cunning — or could she?

Frank Norton, San Francisco

No Bay dispute allowed

I was disappointed when reading Save The Bay’s April 14 letter to The Examiner. They constantly attack anyone having a different view from theirs about the Cargill Saltworks project. When anything is published favoring an environmental review, the writer gets attacked. When elected officials express their desire for a review before making a decision, they are attacked.

I can’t understand why Save The Bay is so against an environmental review. This is a decades-old process designed to protect our environment. It’s the only way to truly know the costs and benefits of a development.

Gianna Conci, Redwood City

Bonanza for lawyers
The High Speed Rail Authority describes its concept to take a high-speed train from Los Angeles to San Francisco as “the largest construction project in California history” and “currently the largest construction project in the United States.” This also creates a potential goldmine for ambitious plaintiff attorneys.

The authority’s decision to route trains through the residential Peninsula from San Jose to San Francisco means thousands of private homeowners and businesses will be evicted through eminent domain. Their attorneys stand to make millions in fees by negotiating with the authority for property “fair market value.”

Mike Brown, Burlingame

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