Supes approve special events permit tsar
San Francisco supervisors approved an ordinance Tuesday establishing
the position of Events Manager to oversee and manage the issuance
of special events permits.
The legislation was sponsored by District 8 Supervisor Bevan Dufty.
Photo by Luke
February 7, 2008
San Francisco Supervisors approved an ordinance Tuesday establishing
a new Entertainment Commission position to oversee and manage
the issuance of special events permits.
District 8 Supervisor Bevan Dufty, whose district includes the
Castro District, sponsored the legislation to help prevent violence
during Halloween celebrations.
In 2006 nine people were shot during the popular Halloween event
that attracts as many as 250,000 revelers to the streets of San
Francisco. In 2002 five people were stabbed.
Following the shootings in 2006, city officials proclaimed the
Castro District a 'no-party zone' and attempted to move the Halloween
party to other areas of the city where crowd control would be
more manageable. Those plans, however, fell through.
"We took this whole train that was running off the track
and stopped it," Dufty told The Chronicle at the time.
Planning since then has concentrated on bringing celebrations
safely back to the Castro and the city.
The new position could help to revitalize such celebrations,
Dufty suggested, stating "San Francisco could have a world
class Halloween." He cited Paris' Nuit Blanche event
as an example of how large-scale city events can be successfully
organized to prevent violence.
Dufty said the new oversight manager, who will receive a salary
of $45,000, will be responsible for the promotion and safety of
city events as well as putting into action the City's "ambitious
to-do-list" of future events.