Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Leno to receive nightlife award from SF group

Openly gay state Senator Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) will receive an award from a San Francisco-based group that promotes nightlife and advocates for “the other 9 to 5″ during its one-year anniversary party tomorrow night (Thursday, June 30).

The California Music and Culture Association will present Leno with its “Policy Maker of the Year” award. Openly gay Supervisor Scott Wiener, who holds Leno’s old District 8 seat on the board, will introduce him.

When he served at City Hall Leno pushed to see the creation of the Entertainment Commission and was a champion for nightlife. In Sacramento Leno locked heads with the former head of the state Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control and questioned the agency’s heavy-handed enforcement of gay and straight nightclubs.

According to a message posted on its website, the group wrote “What can we say? We love Leno! He’s consistently been there for the nightlife community, seeking to bridge communication between entertainment leaders and (ABC) when regulation was overreaching. When the ABC was regulating infusions – like sangria – as illegal, Leno stepped in and introduced legislation (SB32) to ensure this type of misregulation will not persist.”

Others being honored are Lifetime Achievement winner Warren Hellman, the local financier who produces the annual free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival in Golden Gate Park; The Warfield for Best Venue; Sea of Dreams for Best Event over 5K capacity; and Eye Heart SF’s Streets of San Francisco for Best Event under 5K capacity.

The entertainment association, since formally launching in 2010, has worked to introduce lawmakers with local entertainment officials through informal lunchtime meetings. It has also engaged in debates about policies overseeing entertainment venues, club promoters, and the use of homemade syrups in mixed drinks.

The party will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. at Mezzanine, 444 Jessie near the old Mint building South of Market.

Admission is free to the ages 21 and over event.

— Matthew S. Bajko, June 29, 2011 @ 3:00 pm PST
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