Common Sensei 
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Re: “Oakland's War on Fun

Hey that all sounds great -- so what you're saying is we all have nothing to worry about. How wonderful. I wish that was at all believable, but if there was no problem there would have been no letters to good-neighbor nightclubs, no good-neighbor nightclub owners being called into meetings at City Hall, no attempts to shut down locally produced burlesque and variety shows, no talk about clubs being charged $30 fees for every single live performance in their building --a fee which will inevitably be passed along to the small-show promoters producers and performers who are barely scraping by as it is. People on this level are already losing money half the time. $30 fees per show, with no discretion about what the show is, what size, date, audience, etc. will mean no more small and diverse local entertainment on weeknights, and Clear Channel picking up the slack on one end, and dirtbag carpet-bagger show promoters picking it up on the other.

Posted by Common Sensei on 11/26/2010 at 1:51 PM

Re: “Oakland's War on Fun

It's just another shortsighted tax-the-poor policy chucked together by uninformed politicians trying to use stop-gap fees to pay for 30 years of "tax revolts" and general mismanagement by state and local governments. What's that? Somebody started to grow and foster a new business culture in Oakland? Quick! Squeeze it to death and see if money falls out! Fees like this will shut down good-neighbor businesses, drive away performers, and eliminate the ability for small promoters with diverse offerings to bring anything to Oakland's barely nascent above-ground entertainment scene. Bad players won't follow new rules any more than they followed old rules. Good players will be at a further disadvantage, pushed underground or driven out altogether. This is easily one of the stupidest things I've seen in ages. Oakland is *scrambling* to devour the golden goose of it's "revitalized" nightlife 2 seconds after it's emerged, weak and fragile, from the egg. (And yes, to the other respondant's point, the East Bay Express did publish the article that set this idiocy off. I hope they appreciate the irony of not having an entertainment scene to write about in a year's time --assuming they're still around in a year's time.)

Posted by Common Sensei on 11/24/2010 at 6:33 PM

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