Whiskey Richards Dance Permit Suspended

Thursday, May 16, 2013
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The Santa Barbara City Council upheld the 30-day dance permit suspension imposed by the Police and Fire Commission on Whiskey Richards, a nightclub on the 400 block of State Street, stemming from what police described as several operating transgressions. According to police reports, two patrons were seen snorting cocaine in the nightclub restroom between 2001 and 2012. In addition, as many as eight minors gained entry using fake IDs or no IDs at all.

Whiskey Richards owner Bill Clayton appealed the disciplinary action to the council, complaining that the Police and Fire Commission failed to provide written documentation of the allegations against him and that the number of transgressions had been greatly exaggerated. He noted that the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control has records of only one infraction against the club, and that he’s initiated an aggressive “zero tolerance” policy to keep underage drinkers from getting in since. Some councilmembers did object that the Police and Fire Commission went too far when it decreed that Whiskey Richard’s would be shut down completely if any new transgressions surfaced.


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Only 2 incidents of cocaine snorting in 11 years? Shouldn't they be getting an award? The cops should invite themselves into the higher end clubs around town if they are serious about cracking down on cocaine use. Some bars even deal in the party favors on some level.

spacey (anonymous profile)
May 16, 2013 at 1:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Spacey is 100% correct. In addition most people don't hold the business owner accountable for the hidden actions of their random clientele. It's funny that of all the bars they chose, they chose the one that isn't some bs fantasy of Palm Beach but actually features LOCAL bands and is, unlike most of it's neighbors- an actual community hangout.
And I don't even go there and I think it's an overreaction and part of an overall attempt to Abercrombie & Fitchicize State St.
Speaking of which, how about those obnoxious chemical fumes they intentionally pipe onto the public street? It makes a lot of people ill to walk past.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 16, 2013 at 1:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

i have heard coke has made a comeback. In the 80's when it was mainstream..i.e wallet..check, keys...check, spoon and was generally a going through a phase thing.

this is of concern. i doubt this generation can handle coke's insidious effects.

lawdy (anonymous profile)
May 16, 2013 at 1:26 p.m. (Suggest removal)

I don't think any generation can handle coke's insidious effects. But how is the bar owner responsible for what people secrete into the establishment? It's not the same as a slippery floor that's unconed.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 16, 2013 at 1:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

re the bar owner, agreed. i'm thinking they were looking for any reason to pinch this dude.

otherwise every bar in town would get a head slap.

lawdy (anonymous profile)
May 16, 2013 at 2:03 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Sigmund Freud's drug of choice for mental illness - replaced heroin as his favorite. Incredible bs - Clayton must have dissed a cop - 2 people snorting coke in the restroom in 11 years?
Well, gee, I guess it's OK to put him out of business as long as there's no problem with an SBPD "officer in good standing" planting heroin on someone, then charging them with attempted heroin sales in county jail while being recorded on video - excellent PR for the tourist industry.

14noscams (anonymous profile)
May 16, 2013 at 2:10 p.m. (Suggest removal)

There's less and less reason for any tourist you'd invite into your home to come here.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 16, 2013 at 2:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Hmm, don't the anti-marijuana people say "marijuana is a 'gateway' drug to other drugs"? I guess they don't include this in their thinking. Having said that, how many people are killed by drivers under the influence of cocaine vs. under the influence of booze?

This seems a bit hypocritical to me.

billclausen (anonymous profile)
May 16, 2013 at 3:14 p.m. (Suggest removal)

"Dance Permit Suspended" ...This is terrible news, I will really miss the awesome dance floors of Whiskey Richards.

skaterspoint (anonymous profile)
May 17, 2013 at 1:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Itsa crackdown on the art-rock freaks who don't fit the faux wholesome image that's be to projected of Santa Barbara. First gang injunction, next up: music injunction. A lot of people most likely think I'm reaching but every artist and every alt-punk-goth-metal-reggae head in this area knows I'm right- CULTURE WAR.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
May 17, 2013 at 1:34 a.m. (Suggest removal)


There's no dancing in this town...

What a joke. The whole dance permit issue is so draconian its laughable... You're not allowed to move to music unless the city gets their money... America, the least free place in the modern world...and perhaps the entire world.

iamsomeguyinsb (anonymous profile)
May 17, 2013 at 8:12 a.m. (Suggest removal)

" In addition, as many as eight minors gained entry using fake IDs or no IDs at all", may have something to do with the hold-up of permits although minor will imbibe where ever they can get their drink on but the rhetoric is pretty high in Santa Barbara regarding alcohol and minors so that may be the real reason.

dou4now (anonymous profile)
May 17, 2013 at 9:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The police have prosecuted this case without any palpable evidence. They can't even properly document these infractions. "As many as 8 minors gained entry" seems to say they don't actually know the facts. Was it 2 or 8? Who knows? Doesn't seem to matter. The powers that be seem hell bent on turning the 400 block into a ghost town. If they don't like Whiskey Richards now, they should recall what it was like before Bill and the present team came into ownership. Such a disappointing shame of a justice system. Oh well, par for the course isn't it? City Council FAIL

bmathusek (anonymous profile)
May 17, 2013 at 1:18 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Sounds like same-old; more sleazy politics in SB, looking more like organized crime and less like government by the day.

14noscams (anonymous profile)
May 17, 2013 at 9:16 p.m. (Suggest removal)

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