A second San Francisco underground nightclub was shut down Thursday for violating a public health that requires all bars and nightclubs to remain closed in an effort to slow Covid-19 spread, city officials announced Friday.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera was able to secure a civil inspection and abate warrant Thursday to close the illegal operation. That same afternoon, the San Francisco Police Department’s Tactical Unit and officers from the Bayview station executed the warrant at 1610 Armstrong Ave.

Police confiscated four gambling machines, a pool table, a fog machine, DJ equipment, 50 barstools and other nightclub-related items, according to The City’s Attorney’s Office.

Herrera said in a statement that nightclubs operating illegally during the pandemic endanger people’s lives.

Google Maps A nightclub operating illegally at 1610 Armstrong Avenue in San Francisco, Calif. while prohibited by health orders to slow the Covid-19 spread was shut down by the City Attorney’s Office and San Francisco Police Department on Thursday, July 2, 2020.

Herrera said:

“Our focus right now is on removing the immediate threat to public health. We are going to use every tool at our disposal, including these types of civil warrants, to shut down illegal clubs and protect public health during this pandemic.”

Investigators for the City Attorney’s Office monitored the nightclub on June 26 and June 27 and witnessed multiple people entering and leaving the industrial building. Loud music could also be heard from outside the building.

The investigation linked operators of the Armstrong Avenue nightclub to another illegal operation at 2266 Shafter Ave., which was discovered in April and also shut down on execution of a warrant.

Both buildings had been rented by Mariano Pena, also known as Mariano Pena Lezama, apparently used by a cleaning company called Bay Area Pinnacle Cleaning, LLC, the City Attorney’s Office said.

Criminal charges will be decided by the District Attorney’s Office.

Jerold Chinn
Jerold Chinn is the San Francisco Bureau Chief of SFBay. A San Francisco native, he has spent a decade covering transportation in San Francisco. Send tips to jerold@sfbay.ca or at Twitter @Jerold_Chinn.

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