SantaCheckingHisList.jpgSF’s Entertainment Commission continues to scramble to manage nightclub
violence like a recent fatal shooting in a Marina club, another shooting in a Potrero Hill club last month, and a shooting outside a SoMa club in August.

While a recent discussion around scanning and tracking clubgoers’ IDs raised understandable comparisons to 1984, some new plans might inspire comparisons to another (sorry, kids!) work of fiction: Santa Claus Is Coming To Town. Do I have to spell it out? We’re talking about making lists of the naughty and of the nice.

The nice list: Supervisor David Chiu in September proposed a registry for party promoters that was approved by the Board of Supes Public Safety Committee yesterday.

The legislation would require all promoters to fill out an online registration form with the Entertainment Commission. Clubs would only be allowed to work with those promoters who have registered. When proposing the legislation, Chiu said the proposal was an effort to curb “fly by night” promoters whose events have in the past attracted violence at or near the venues where they have been held.

While Jocelyn Kane, the Entertainment Commission’s acting executive director of the commission appears to be supportive of the proposal, she has her doubts that the Commission can manage it, telling the Chron “(t)here are three people in this office and we are managing 400 entertainment venues in the city.”

The naughty list: Here’s a list the Commission apparently can manage, a “watch list” of bars that have been the target of complaints, or worse.

According to the Ex, the eight naughty venues are (presented in order of Yelp stars:

El Rincon (3.5 stars)

The Ambassador (3.5 stars)

Café Cocomo Bar Grill & Night Club (3.5 stars) Note: Now with less hip-hop

The Bar on Church (3 stars)

Trigger (3 stars)

The Cellar (3 stars)

Icon Ultra Lounge (2.5 stars)

Heights Lounge (2 stars)

What the Commission intends to do with this list, besides, in the words of Kane, stay “very close to” them is unclear. But if Trigger has a “stick and a lump of coal” night, I am so, so there.

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at

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