A underground illegal nightclub in San Francisco's Bay View District was just shut down this weekend for allegedly operating during the shelter-in-place order for San Francisco.
San Francisco police raided the unlicensed club, city officials said, after an investigation by the city attorney’s office found that the venue was holding events in a warehouse that sometimes drew more than 100 people. Health orders from both the city and state have required bars and nightclubs to close, banned gatherings of any size and mandated that people stay at home when not pursuing essential activities.
Located at 2266 Shafter Ave., on a dead-end street near a freeway overpass, the nightclub was also operating without proper permits and did not have the fire sprinklers, alarms and exits required in public buildings, according to a warrant obtained by City Attorney Dennis Herrera. The club was holding its events mostly between 2 and 6 a.m.
Herrera sought the warrant, issued by a judge Friday, after investigators received a tip, reviewed video from April 4 through 6 and staked out the small warehouse in an industrial area of the Bayview on April 8, according to the warrant. They noticed as many as 20 to 30 cars an hour parked near the site, saw strobe lights and heard loud music. Surveillance video showed more than 100 people entering the club and security guards frisking each one.
“None of them practiced 6 feet of social distancing,” Herrera said.
Herrera’s office said the landlord, whose name was redacted from the copy of the warrant obtained by The Chronicle, cooperated fully with his office and the police. The name of the tenant, who was said to be operating a janitorial business at the site, was also redacted from the warrant along with the license plate numbers of several patrons of the club. An attorney who represented one of the property owners could not immediately be reached for comment.