Tuesday, June 26th, 2007 at 2:40 pm in Uncategorized.
Word has it that Oakland Councilmember Nancy Nadel has her hackles up because of the East Bay Rats’ Fight Night in West Oakland, which is part of her territory. After reading about it last week in The Oakland Tribune — and seeing a larger than life photo of a chick with a seriously bloodied nose — Nadel started breathing down OPD’s neck to put a stop to the oh-so barbaric event. (See ”Oakland Biker Club Serves up Friday Night Special: Knuckle Sandwiches” http://www.insidebayarea.com/search//ci_6163783)
Evidently, the councilwoman didn’t know about Fight Night until she read the article. Memo: you can scarcely miss it weekends. And, it’s on the East Bay Rats Web site, as well as about a dozen fan Web sites.
Hello…ya’ get around West Oakland much, Ms. Nadel?
So the question, now that she knows about the fights, is whether Nadel plans to go after the Rats to try and shut the clubhouse down.
Was she was outraged that people were slugging each other silly in the ring…instead of brawling on the street, or worse?
The same weekend Nadel was trying to figure out which technicality could be used to shut down Fight Night , there was a shooting outside the @Seventeenth nightclub, which is just blocks from the Rats’ prostitute and crackhead-ridden neighborhood that the clubhouse actually improves.
Nadel hauled the @Seventeenth folks into City Hall for a meeting, and was sending a letter to the Rats until founder Trevor Latham preempted her with an e-mail, which set the record straight about being in compliance with state licensing requirements for prizefighting, as well restrictions on serving booze.
Now, it might just be me, but why would a council member want to go after something slightly naughty but that works. Wouldn’t be the first time — those party poopers. The Rats are no angels by any means. But at least Fight Night puts people in the ring instead of in a coffin.