The paperwork for a proposed ballot measure to establish a “Good Neighbor Commission” has been submitted to San Francisco’s Department of Elections.
As envisioned, San Francisco’s existing seven-member Entertainment Commission would be renamed the “San Francisco Entertainment and Good Neighbor Commission;” an additional four commissioners would be added; and the responsibilities of the Commission would be expanded and enhanced “to better serve the San Francisco community regarding matters of entertainment and key related issues regarding health and safety.”
The Commission would be tasked with enforcing San Francisco’s existing Good Neighbor Policy, which states: “Where nighttime entertainment activities…are conducted, there shall be procedures in place that are reasonable calculated to insure that the quiet, safety and cleanliness of the premises and vicinity are maintained.”
One of the Commission’s specific tasks would be to uphold the monitoring requirements and response times to noise complaints in the city, ensuring that “Noise complaints from persons living or working within .5 miles (2640 feet) of a major event center (capacity greater than 5,000) or from specific addresses within .5 miles of a major event center, will be addressed and monitored within 45 minutes of the complaint being made for the 1st and 2nd complaints registered per 6 month period, per person or address.”
The Commission would be empowered to revoke event and entertainment-related permits, a power and duty that will be applied “to ensure that any major event centers/places of entertainment do not interrupt or interfere with accessibility to health care services, provision of services or treatment including in and around hospitals and medical/research centers.”