SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Businesses seeking liquor licenses in San Francisco are being told to install security cameras in order to get a permit, once again sparking a debate about privacy concerns.
At a Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday, two liquor licenses were up for approval. One easily passed but Supervisor Scott Wiener objected to the surveillance provision, postponing a decision on the second location.READ MORE: SF City Planners Won't Allow Taqueria El Farolito In North Beach Due To 'Chain Store' Ban
“If you have an establishment that perhaps has a track record of bad things happening, that’s one thing,” Wiener said. “But absent that, I don’t believe this is justified.”
Wiener said the surveillance cameras can make those in the LGBT community uncomfortable, as many people who are not out of the closet don’t want their pictures taken if they go to gay bars.