Fatality Results from Incident at San Francisco's Temple NightclubJanuary 20, 2011 By: Donna Hood Crecca
Temple Nightclub in San Francisco is beefing up security in the wake of incidents on the weekend of Jan. 8 that resulted in the death of one patron and injury to three others.
A fourth-year medical student at University of California was knocked unconscious and later died after a brawl inside the club; a second man was also injured. Moments after that incident, a fight outside the club resulted in two patrons being stabbed with broken bottles.
San Francisco Entertainment Commissioner Director Joceyln Kane cited Temple management as being proactive and cooperative with the Commission and the police investigation. Parts of Kane's Order mandating that the club enhance its security plan actually “came from the permit holder,” she told a meeting of the Commission last week. Among the steps to be taken are the installation of equipment to scan the IDs of all patrons entering the club, additional surveillance cameras outside the venue, patron pat-downs prior to entering the club, doubling the number of cameras inside the venue (from 32 to 64) and discontinuing service of beer bottles on weekends.
Security was adequate at the time of the incident, Kane told the Commission, and no “traditional” weapons – guns, knives or pipes – were found on the premises.
"We are deeply saddened by this tragedy that has occurred in our venue. Our condolences, thoughts, and prayers go out to the victim’s family and friends," offers Ben Tom, operations manager at Temple. "I wish we could elaborate more on the facts than what the news is reporting but there is an ongoing police investigation that we are currently aiding in and cannot elaborate on specifics at the moment."
"Temple Nightclub is constantly growling and evolving and we also want to use this opportunity to establish nightclub tools and technology that can be used at any venue across the nation," Tom adds. "If nightclubs work together as a whole, we can extinguish the negative energy some patrons decide to bring into an establishment."
Violence in San Francisco nightclubs has made headlines during the past year, as the SFPD, EC, other government and regulatory agencies and nightlife operators have sought to address the issue. Several clubs have been closed, some permanently and others temporarily, and the EC now requires promoters to register with the Commission and has created a “watch list” of venues against which complaints have been lodged. Temple is a Finalist for Mega-club of the Year in the 2011 Nightclub & Bar Awards.