WET may have had its entertainment permit pulled, but the club will open for some October events and is still making news. The owners of the nightclub have sued the City of San Jose, claiming that the SJPD’s decision to pull the plug and revoke its license violates its constitutional rights. Police claim that the club was a public nuisance: over the course of five months, SJPD reports, its owners were given 49 chances to rectify problems ranging from serving alcohol to minors to a stabbing on the dance floor.
The claim was rejected by the city’s attorney, Rick Doyle, who says the police acted because the club posed a risk to public safety. He says he respects the club’s owners’ right to repeal the decision, but that their contention that the closure order lacked “constitutionally required procedural safeguards” is trumped by the city’s need to counter such a risk. “They’ve had two opportunities where we worked with them to try to get them to clean up their act and they didn’t comply,” said Doyle.
The club was originally closed by the police for 30 days to give time to the owners to review and fix security arrangements. After considering the string of events in the club over the past several months, the SJPD decided to revoke its entertainment license.
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