Entertainment Commission to Consider Removing Controversial Excelsior Bar’s License

District 11 Supervisor Ahsha Safai (right) at a community safety meeting on June 29. Will Carruthers/Ingleside-Excelsior Light

Five months after a security guard shot and killed a man outside of an Excelsior bar, the Entertainment Commission will consider a motion to remove the bar’s entertainment license.

District 11 Supervisor Ahsha Safai’s office is attempting to remove the bar’s entertainment license as residents continue to file complaints about the small business.

Early on the morning of Sunday, May 28, David Sanchez, a 45-year-old security guard at La Oficina, shot Alvaro Palma, 30, a few doors from the bar.

At a public safety meeting on June 29, Safai and public safety officials outlined their efforts to bring charges in the shooting and punish the bar, which neighbors complained attracts a bad crowd to the neighborhood.

In September, Sanchez was booked in county jail facing charges of five felonies and one misdemeanor in relation to the homicide. Bail was set at $10 million.

Nearby residents have continued to call the supervisor about the bar since the homicide, according to Cathy Mulkey-Meyer, Safai’s legislative aide.

“Neighbors of the bar feel unsafe,” Mulkey-Meyer said.

District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin shut down a troublesome bar in his district by following similar steps, according to Mulkey-Meyer.

While liquor licenses are regulated by the California Alcohol Beverage Control and are hard to remove, the Entertainment Commission can remove entertainment permits for local establishments.

A phone call to the bar on Friday afternoon went unanswered.

La Oficina is located at 4324 Mission St. and has had a liquor license since 1988. A new owner took over the license in 2013.

The Entertainment Commission will meet in City Hall, Room 416, on Nov. 7 at 5:30 p.m.

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