Can Dennis Herrera Shut the Gates of Heaven? City Attorney Declares War on North Beach Strip Club.
|Heaven is a place on earth. But maybe not for long|
According to a press release from the city attorney's office, Heaven was also "implicated" in an April shooting. A witness told police investigators that an employee from the strip club may have shot two doormen at the Broadway Showgirls nightclub in "retaliation for a physical altercation a week earlier." (Both victims survived.)
In announcing his efforts to shutter Heaven today, Herrera, like us, couldn't resist a play on words. "Naming a business 'Heaven doesn't place it beyond earthly laws and regulations, but that appears to be exactly what the operators of this illicit enterprise think," Herrera said in a statement. Don't grimace. As far as press-release cleverness goes, this could be worse.
Heaven is the second strip club on which Herrera has drawn a bead in recent weeks. Last month, the city attorney declared that he would do "everything in my power" to close down Pink Diamonds, a Tenderloin club where a 30-year-old San Francisco man was shot to death on June 27. The city as a whole has been dealing with what some have described as an epidemic of nightclub violence, abetted by weak regulation of misbehaving clubs, as we reported in a recent cover story.
To view the full set of documents filed against Heaven by the city attorney's office, click here.
Photo | Bruce Turner