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Supervisor Scott Wiener wants true account of San Francisco nightlife

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As San Francisco reacts to nightclub violence, and makes other decisions about fees and security requirements of events, District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener said city officials should have a real sense of what the nightlife in The City means from an economic perspective.

On Tuesday, Wiener requested the City Controller to conduct an economic impact study with support from the Entertainment Commission “on entertainment and nightlife in San Francisco to determine the size and the scope of this industry, the number of jobs it created in San Francisco, the tax that it generates for The City, the tourism that it brings to The City.”

“There has been a lot of discussion in recent years about entertainment and nightlife in San Francisco and it often comes up in a very reactive way in terms of policy-making at City Hall,” Wiener said.

“If something bad happens, if someone gets shot, we then scramble and say how do we address this and we, in a very defensive way, consider public policy.”

Wiener says it’s time to “take step back” and have more facts.