San Francisco Fans Grill Candidates Over Club Crackdown

San Francisco music fans and club owners are about to get political: a recent crackdown on city nightlife led by California alcohol authorities has turned into a volatile policy question for candidates seeking city office. SF Weekly reports that candidates running for the Board of Supervisers will field questions at a just-announced music forum hosted by the Recording Academy, the non-profit organization that presents the Grammy Awards.

Fans say the city’s scene is facing a real crisis: San Francisco’s live music venues fear they’ll wither under the past year’s overly strict enforcement by the state’s Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, and the forum comes as venue owners and the city are embroiled in a series of lawsuits and facing new alcohol fees. The event looks to unify opponents of the alcohol crackdown and to encourage them to work together to raise their collective voice against the SFPD’s apparent crusade against music and nightlife.

The Academy, in conjunction with San Francisco State University, has been conducting an economic study to gather information about the city’s music scene. Read more at SF Weekly.