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Gavin Newsom
Sophie Maxwell
Chris Daly
Matt Gonzalez
Leland Yee
Mark Leno
Tom Ammiano
Aaron Peskin
Tony Hall
Gerardo Sandoval

October 6, 2001 -

This week the Dancehall Keepers legislation was signed into law by Mayor Willie Brown.

August 24, 2001 -

Wednesday the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Finance Committee (Peskin, Leno, Gonzalez) unanimously voted to send a revised version of Supervisor Chris Daly's legislation streamlining San Francisco's dancehall application process to the full board of Supervisors, with a positive recommendation. The board is expected to vote on the legislation in the next two weeks.

The amended legislation exempts any establishment which currently holds a Place of Entertainment Permit from also needing a Dancehall Keepers permit in order to allow public dancing at the facility. More than 200 San Francisco small businesses are expected to benefit from this change in the law, and save the $1,100 annual cost of renewing the Dancehall Keepers permit.

The SFLNC originally proposed this change in the law two years ago and has actively worked with stakeholders within city hall and the neighborhoods to reach an agreement on the issue. Wednesday's compromise reflects the willingness of late night advocates to support win-win arrangements which bypass the traditional view of neighborhoods vs. night clubs.


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