Monday, August 9, 2010

Protest to Save Jelly's on Friday

By Kathleen Richards
Mon, Aug 9, 2010 at 10:58 AM

Supporters of a San Francisco restaurant/club that’s facing eviction in the wake of a July 11 shooting will hold a “protest rumba” in front of the Port of San Francisco on Pier 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, August 13. In a press release, the owners of Jelly’s A Dance Cafe claim that their eviction is the result of gentrification. Meanwhile port officials say the eviction is due to public safety issues (the July incident was the second shooting in the club’s history) and the fact that the establishment does not serve food during its events, in violation of the terms of its lease. Food violations have also been the root of several citations against other San Francisco nightclubs by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. So far about 700 people have signed a petition to reverse the port’s decision.

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