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Trouble at Kimball’s and a secret club

By awoodall
Monday, November 9th, 2009 at 12:30 pm in Night Owl, Oakland nightlife.

Kimball’s Carnival at 2nd and Washington is now owned by Laura Mendozagovan, who has a temporary permit to run the club, according to the California Department of Alcohol Beverage Control. The handover came recently after the previous owners got saddled with problems that started with fire code violations, which prompted the city to limit crowds to 300. From what I hear, the operators not only surpassed that limit on several occasions after the order from the fire marshall but also attracted the city’s ire because of rowdy people gathered outside the club. Last weekend I walked by and there was quite a crowd outside facing the alcohol license application poster in the window.
Meanwhile an Oct. 25 murder in the 300 block of 12th Street led to the discovery of what may have been an underground cabaret disguised as an art gallery. The shooting had nothing to do with the club but things are not looking pretty. It’s just one of many secret clubs around the city…

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One Response to “Trouble at Kimball’s and a secret club”

  1. Moschops Says:

    For sure there are dozens of underground clubs in the City. Most claim they are “private parties” for “friends” and thankfully most cause few problems – just like legitimate clubs. Those that play nicely with their neighbors and are safe will have a long and hassle free life. Given that Oakland take months if not years to shut down clubs that are causing problems, even deaths (short explanation – its “bad for business” and business has a louder lobby than tax payers) there is little chance they will ever catch up on the underground ones.

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