'Friends of Entertainment Commission' Web Site Traced to Controversial Entertainment Commissioner
|Terrance Alan, friend to himself|
One of the outlets peddling this line is the Web site www.supportentertainment.com. At the top of the site's heading is the line, "Friends of the San Francisco Entertainment Commission." It features a rallying cry for nightlife supporters to lobby supervisors to kill some of Chiu's amendments, as well as "suggested points to make" during public comment at upcoming meetings on the legislation. In other words, the site is indeed friendly to the Entertainment Commission -- in the way most of us are inclined to be friendly toward ourselves. Because it turns out the site is being administered by a media company run by Entertainment Commissioner Terrance Alan.
According to the domain-tracking site Whois.net, the supportentertainment.com domain name is registered to SequelMedia. Alan -- an industry representative and one of the commission's more controversial members, who has attracted attention because of his ownership stake in the notoriously violent Pink Diamonds strip club -- is listed as the site's "administrative contact." Financial-interest disclosure forms filed with the San Francisco Ethics Commission also identify Alan as SequelMedia's president and managing owner. Alan did not return calls for comment.
Does any of this matter? John St. Croix, executive director of the Ethics Commission, said he's not aware of any ethics law Alan might have broken by hosting the Web site. "What he does with his own resources is essentially his own business," St. Croix said. "This sounds like a First Amendment issue. He can't use city resources for stuff like that, obviously."
Alan and the commission's other industry representative, Audrey Joseph, have made no secret of their disdain for Chiu's efforts to bring them to heel. But Entertainment Commissioner Jim Meko -- a neighborhood representative, and one of two commission members without ties to the entertainment business -- said Alan's veiled involvement in the advocacy site made him uneasy. "Being an entertainment commissioner, for God's sake, I think he should be on the record," Meko said. "There is no attribution posted anywhere on this site." He said Alan's apparent role in the site was "not judicious."
Meko quipped, "With friends like these..." We know. That one's hard to resist.
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