Wednesday, 14 March 2012 14:04
SECURITY GUARD TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION
Saturday, March 24, 2012
10 am – 6pm
War Memorial Building (401 Van Ness Avenue, Room 206)
To RSVP, Email
Why should I attend or send my security personnel to this training? The San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) and San Francisco Entertainment Commission now requires all security personnel at any establishment holding a Place of Entertainment permit in to be trained and certified at the California State level.
To ensure all CMAC members are in compliance of the new requirement, CMAC has invited security company Security Intelligence Specialist (S.I.S.) to perform the necessary training and certification at a one day seminar. For more information on S.I.S., please go to http://www.sisprotection.com/
What will the seminar include? The seminar will be broken down into two 4-hour sessions; 1) Power to Arrest, and 2) Weapons of Mass Destruction & Terrorism Awareness. The seminar will include both lecture and discussion sessions.
This training, held by The Security Intelligence Specialist Corporation, is an 8 hour course that will allow you to apply for and receive a B.S.I.S. Guard Card; providing Security Guard vocational opportunities at any business requiring a State Licensed Security Guard. The additional 32 hours required by the B.S.I.S. is to maintain your compliance and consequently, your Guard Card. When you complete this 8 hours of class, provide your fingerprints via LiveScan, and provide the information from the Guard Card Training and LiveScan to the B.S.I.S. on their website, students can receive a Guard Card in approximately 4 weeks. This training has been set up to make this process seamless and efficient. Each attendee, at the end of class, will receive simply instructions to complete the online registration in approximately 10 minutes (the B.S.I.S. Application Cost is an additional $51.00 online).
How much does the course cost? The course is $85.00 for CMAC members, $100.00 for non-members. Fingerprinting is available on site for an additional $76 ($32 Department of Justice, $19 FBI, $25 Fingerprint labor)
A Drivers License or Government ID is required.
What else should I bring? Since no food will provided, we recommend bringing a lunch as the seminar goes on for 8 hours. There will be a 10 minute break every hour. Please also bring your pens and instruments to take notes on.
for more information or to RSVP.
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 12:34
Nightlife: Fun plus jobs
San Francisco supervisor Scott Weiner on what clubs mean to our community
02.28.12 - 6:24 pm | This report is re-printed courtesy of the San Francisco Bay Guardian.
By Supervisor Scott Weiner
OPINION We all know the cultural benefits of nightlife. It's fun. We get to meet people — friends, lovers, and all the rest. We build community. We hear great music. We dance. We spend time outside on our streets. For LGBT people, we meet other LGBTs and keep our community strong. The list goes on: Without a strong entertainment scene, including bars, clubs, live music venues, arts venues, night-time restaurants, and street fairs, our city would be a less interesting and less diverse place.
But the undisputed cultural importance of nightlife isn't the whole story. Nightlife is a significant economic contributor to San Francisco. It creates jobs, particularly for working-class and young people. It generates tax revenue that helps fund Muni, health clinics, and parks. It allows creative entrepreneurs to start businesses. It generates tourism. It draws foot traffic into neighborhoods to the benefit of other neighborhood businesses.
This is all pretty intuitive. Yet, as a city, we've never actually measured the economic impact of our nightlife scene. One of my first acts a member of the Board of Supervisors was to request the city economist to conduct an economic impact study doing just that.
The study is almost done, and we already have a few preliminary results. Nightlife in San Francisco generates $4.2 billion a year in spending, with $1 billion of that amount coming from bars, clubs, performance venues, and art spaces. Some 48,000 people are employed in nightlife businesses, and these businesses contribute $55 million a year in local taxes. On March 5, we'll announce the full results of the study at a hearing of the Land Use and Economic Development Committee.
This data will help us make smart public policy around nightlife. In the past, those decisions frequently have been driven by anecdote and over-reaction to isolated events. Trouble near a small number of nightclubs? The city responds by making it difficult for all nightclubs to operate, even those with excellent safety records and despite the dramatic improvement in the Entertainment Commission's oversight. Or, the city goes even further and proposes requiring all clubs, even small ones, to scan ID cards of everyone who enters. (That proposal, thankfully, was roundly rejected.)
When we make these decisions, we should do so with a full understanding not just of the downsides of nightlife but of the positives, including cultural and economic benefits.
Entertainment is under pressure in San Francisco. There are neighborhoods with significant friction between housing and nightlife. Some of that friction results from a small number of problem venues. Other times, a good venue is jeopardized for simply conducting its business within the limits of San Francisco law — for example, a single neighbor got Slim's shut down for a few weeks for noise, despite the club's compliance with our noise ordinance.
We also continue to have bizarre Planning Code restrictions that undermine entertainment, such as the Mission Alcohol Special Use District, which makes it difficult or impossible to start creative new businesses in the Mission if alcohol is involved. This provision almost prevented a new bowling alley from locating at 17th and South Van Ness. Similarly, some are concerned that the Western SoMa Plan, as currently written, will undermine nightlife on 11th Street by surrounding clubs with new housing and by reducing the number of venues.
A thriving nightlife scene is key to our city's cultural identity and economic future. Now that we have the data on its benefits, we can take a more balanced and thoughtful approach.
Supervisor Scott Wiener represents District 8 on the Board of Supervisors. The March 5 hearing will start with a noon rally on the steps of City Hall followed by the hearing at 1 p.m. in City Hall Room 263.
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 22:15
Entertainment & Nightlife:
Economic Impact Study & Hearing on March 5th
In 2011, Supervisor Scott Wiener, in one of his first acts in office, requested that the City Economist prepare an economic impact report detailing the contributions to San Francisco's economy of nightlife and entertainment. While we all know the cultural benefits of entertainment and nightlife for a vibrant, living city -- one that attracts and retains a diverse population, including people of all ages -- we haven't quantified their economic impact, for example, jobs, tax revenue, and tourism. Once we understand the economic impact of entertainment and nightlife, we will have the information we need to make informed public policy in the area, as opposed to making policy in an information vacuum. We will no longer be in a position where we are regulating an industry without actually understand that industry's economics.
The economic impact report will be available in early March, before the hearing. At the hearing, the City Economist will present his findings, followed by presentations by other departments. The public is invited to attend and provide feedback. We look forward to a robust showing and great information about our industry. Make this a great lunch get away and show your nightlife support and cheer on the first SF report of its kind.
DATE/: Monday March 5
TIME/PLACE: NOON - Rally and press conference on City Hall steps (Polk Street side)
TIME/PLACE: 1 PM: Hearing at Board of Supervisors Land Use Committee in City Hall Room 263
Friday, 17 February 2012 12:28
Industry Cocktail Happy Hour
with Mayor Ed Lee
Wednesday, February 29 5pm – 7pm
The Grand (520 4th Street, SF)
Free for Members
Apply this to your one-year membership.
Join CMAC and other industry representatives for a meet and greet with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. Mix and mingle with members of the entertainment, art, and culture communities. This is an excellent opportunity to share your experience, ideas, or perspective with the Mayor.
Tuesday, 14 February 2012 15:54
Yesterday, February 13, 2012, the Land Use Committee of the Board of Supervisors held an informational hearing to discuss the impact of large events at Golden Gate Park. Over 150 supporters of music and the arts came to the hearing to show their support for great events like Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Outside Lands, and Power to the People. Supporters included neighbors, carpenters, promoters, local businesses and music fans from throughout the Bay Area. In the two and a half hours of public testimony, it was clear that the positive benefits of these events far outweigh any negative impacts.
Alix Rosenthal, Co-Chair of CMAC, said, “These great music events continue a legacy of large events in Golden Gate Park that has been going on for decades. Golden Gate Park is not just for those who live close to the park. It is for all of us.”
To ensure that these events can continue to thrive, commitments were made by all to continue to work with local residents on ways to lessen the impact on surrounding neighborhoods. CMAC will continue to work closely with key stakeholders to ensure that all Bay Area residents can continue to enjoy large events in Golden Gate Park. We want to thank everyone who came out and showed their support for music in San Francisco.
Tuesday, 07 February 2012 13:48
On Monday, Feb 13 at 1 PM in the Supervisor's Board Room at City Hall, the Board of Supervisors Land Use Committee is having an informational hearing to discuss the impacts off of large scale events in Golden Gate Park including Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Outside Lands, and Bay to Breakers. This is a follow-up hearing to those that were held in 2009 and 2010. This hearing promises to be well attended by neighborhood organizations who would like to either shut down or otherwise limit events like these. The Committee is chaired by Supervisor Eric Mar, and also includes Supervisors Scott Wiener and Malia Cohen.
Although there are no action items on the table, it is imperative that we as a community counter the NIMBY organizers with a coalition of fans that strongly supports these events and better represents the majority of the Bay Area residents and businesses who want music and entertainment to continue in Golden Gate Park. Golden Gate Park serves the whole city, not just the immediate neighbors.
The Land Use Committee Meeting will take place on Monday, Feb 13 at 1 PM in the Board of Supervisors Chambers. We have been told that the item will be scheduled towards the beginning, but it will likely be a long hearing.
1. Email us at
and tell us you can come and speak.
2. Sign the petition at http://tinyurl.com/6wcztrg
3. Call or write your Supervisor or the members of this Land Use Committee. Their names, email, FAX, and phone numbers are below. Always be respectful and positive about the contributions of these events to all of us in San Francisco.
If you email, please put "Support Live Music in the Park" in the subject line.
(415) 554-7410 - Voice
(415) 554-7415 - Fax
(415) 554-7670 - Voice
(415) 554-7674 - Fax
(415) 554-6968 - Voice
(415) 554-6909 - Fax
---------------------Neighborhood Flyer Announcing Meeting--------------------
GOLDEN GATE PARK CONCERTS - IMPORTANT MEETING
What: Hearing - SF Board of Supervisors Land Use & Economic Development Committee
When: Monday, February 13, 2012, 1:00 pm
Where: City Hall, Room 263
Why: Discuss Outside Lands, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, and Other Large Concerts in Golden Gate Park
Recent concerts in Golden Gate Park, such as Outside Lands and
Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, troubled many of us. Problems included
unacceptable noise, traffic congestion, illegal camping, and damage
to Golden Gate Park.
Richmond District Supervisor Eric Mar is holding a hearing on the
community impacts of these and other large events in Golden Gate
This is our chance to tell City Hall and the concert producers how
these concerts impact our neighborhood and our lives.
Come to this important hearing in City Hall on Monday, February
13, 2012, at 1 pm. We have to stand up for our neighborhood
and Golden Gate Park .
Speak out, even if your voice trembles.