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San Francisco Entertainment Promoters To Be Held More Accountable

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(AP)

(AP)

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – A San Francisco Supervisors’ Committee took action on Monday that would make entertainment promoters more accountable for when their events go sour.

The legislation was proposed by Supervisor David Chiu after several shootings and other violent incidents in and around late night events.

“While we have some regulatory authority over nightclubs, we have had no oversight over fly-by-night party promoters that have led to avoidable tragedies,” Chiu said.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

The legislation would require promoters to register online with the city, but ones with a history of problems could also be forced to hire extra security, get liability insurance and require criminal background checks.

Demetrius Chapin-Rienzo of CMAC, an industry lobbying organization, said it’s a good compromise.

“For not punishing good promoters and trying to identify those problematic promoters,” he said.

City data shows that 80 percent of events marred by violence were sponsored by promoters and not stand alone nightclubs.

The legislation will go to the full board for a vote next week.

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