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May 2014 Newsletter

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A Message from our President

Natasha Koral,
CMAC President

Night Schooled!

“Night School” founders Alex Kaufman and Seth Capron where thinking outside of the box when they gave us the most innovative solution in forty years to our late-night Trans-Bay transportation problems. Perhaps, it's time we do too.  Let’s think BART 2.0! READ MORE...


CMAC Empowers The Other 9-5!

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Just Ask Guy!

Unsolicited advice for the Industry from CMAC's Executive Director, Guy Carson.

What You Don't Know Will Close You!


According to reliable sources within the SFPD, the ABC is investigating drug sales in San Francisco’s nightclubs. This could be sales by patrons of the establishment to other patrons, or by employees.

Either situation will usually mean that the offending club’s liquor license will be revoked. We have been told that there are five “large clubs” that will have charges filed against them... READ MORE

HRA And The Vanishing Nightclub

We were able to turn back the clock on Supervisor Campos’ “irrevocable HRA” ordinance, at least for a while...READ MORE

From The San Francisco Bar Owners Alliance...

Ben Bleiman,
SF Bar Owners Alliance

An Update on HRA Legislation and Minimum Wage Proposals


For anyone who doesn’t already know, SF City Hall is currently putting forth measures to change the rules on Health Reimbursement Accounts (HRAs) and to raise the minimum wage to $15 or above. There are a lot of unknowns in these processes, but we have been following them both very closely. The following is what we know... READ MORE

Members, Members, Members

As always it's something about Membership... The bigger we are, the bigger our voice! AND we ALWAYS need money... So if you're an existing member we ask for you to re-up now, and if you're new to the game, become a member and get involved.

It's the small investment that pays off big, for if the past has taught us anything, it is that it pays to be organized!

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Guy Carson, CMAC Executive Director


No doubt, CMAC’S greatest accomplishment is that it has given our industry a voice in City Hall and at the Capitol.  Whereas, before, our industry was roundly dismissed, we are now part of the discussion and decision-making process.  CMAC’S little band of volunteers have scored many victories in its four short years (CMAC's accomplishments), but there is much more work to be done, this year.  2014 is an election year, and we need to be unified and loud if we want to retain our seat at the table.





CMAC’s 2014 To-Do List:


  • Engage and educate voters to promote the election of entertainment friendly Supervisors in Districts 2, 4, 6 and 8 and an Assemblyman in District 17
  • Work to reform the creeping costs and regulation of outdoors events (especially 10B costs) which have already shut out 30 medium-sized outdoor events and threaten to kill off the “free concert” forever
  • Work to support a sustainable “total compensation package” for our minimum wage employees
  • Work to seek improvements in late night transportation
  • Work to amend or eliminate the planning code definitions of Bona Fide Eating Place, which currently threaten many of our members with closure
  • Promote “Plan For Fun” set-asides at the Planning Department, especially in Districts 6 and 10, so we can have safe and sane places to make some noise


Each of these issues directly impact our membership, and CMAC is already on the job defending our interests. Of course, this takes time and money, but mostly money - and the strength of numbers. That is why your membership is so important. If we don't use our loud voice, we won't be heard. 

So if you're an existing member we ask for you to re-up now, and if you're new to the game become a member and get involved. It's the small investment that pays off big, for as we all know: IT PAYS TO BE ORGANIZED. Please join today!

Thank you for your support.

Guy Carson

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A special thanks to all that showed up at the Land Use Committee Hearing yesterday at City Hall in support of a late night transportation. The room was packed in this first of many hearings to explore this complex issue. CMAC wants to especially thank Supervisor Scott Wiener for his leadership in tackling the subject and for pushing MTA and BART to look beyond the status quo to the greater possibilities ahead. 

What we heard yesterday was that the existing late night transit system is wholly inadequate and unworthy of a world-class city. (This, of course, will come as no surprise to anyone who has ever tried to get home to the Outer Sunset at 1:30 in the morning.) We heard a lot about the real limitations that transit agencies, especially BART, face in expanding and improving late night services. All the while, though, us old timers in the audience couldn't help remember that we heard the same excuses from BART 10 years ago at the Entertainment Commission. 

Clearly, the San Francisco of tomorrow is hardly knowable given the rapid pace of change that is happening in real time all around us. The one thing we can count on, however, is that the SF of the future will be a 24/7/365 city with more people living here and working here than ever before, and that this population will be working, playing and socializing in yet unimaginable ways. We believe that it is time for the City to get out in front of this curve and reimagine a late night transportation system that provides greater accessibility, convenience and safety for our locals, commuters and tourists of the other 9 - 5. 

Supervisor Wiener called for the creation of a stake-holder task force for the purpose of producing a late night transportation plan for ultimate incorporation into the City's master transportation plan. CMAC applauds this idea and will work to be an meaningful part of these discussions. This is progress!

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