Fury over sound - Page 2

City threatens to suspend popular SoMa nightclub after its neighbors complain about loud music

Cruz said he's made a good-faith effort to follow the rules and has worked with various speaker configurations and other experiments.

The complaint by the City Attorney's Office seeks a 30-day suspension of the club's entertainment and after-hours permits and charges that "the operation of Club Six has caused harm, and continues to harm, the public health, safety and welfare and has been a strain on police services. Angel Cruz has demonstrated that mere verbal warnings by enforcement officers are insufficient to stop the nuisance caused by the nightclub and has forced the Entertainment Commission to intervene."

But Davis said it will be a difficult decision for the appointed body, which he noted is increasingly being called on to mediate disputes like this all over town.

"One of the mandates of the commission is we want to promote entertainment. Angel is an asset to the community, and we don't want to drive him out, but we have to act [on the complaints]," Davis said. "It's based primarily on noise complaints, not whether Angel is popular. He is, and he's tried to work with the community." *

The public may attend and testify at the Entertainment Commission hearing June 5 at 4 p.m. in room 406 of San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place.