Evolucion rep answers critics at White Center Community Safety Coalition meeting
Whenever the White Center/South Delridge Community Safety Coalition has its monthly meetings, the WC nightclub Evolucion somehow always comes up for discussion. Tonight, a representative came to face the critics – read on for our full report, with video:
By Patrick Sand
Reporting for White Center Now
White Center’s Evolucion nightclub was once again the hot topic at the White Center/South Delridge Community Safety Coalition meeting tonight.
Evolucion’s security manager Lucas Magana spoke at the meeting to say he disagreed with the idea that had come up in the past two meetings which suggested the Schuck’s parking lot be closed on Saturday nights in order to deter club patrons from using the lot as a gathering place to drink and become disorderly.
At the group’s September meeting, King County Sheriff’s Office Captain D.J. Nesel said that he was opposed to closing the lot for many of the same reasons Magana mentioned. The general consensus of the people at the meeting is that what goes on in the club is not the problem. The problem is with the people who are hanging around outside the club and standing around in the parking lots.
Several in attendance said closing the parking lots was not the best solution and then said that the best way to solve the problem would be to convince the owner to move the club out of White Center or close Evolucion altogether. Magana responded saying that Evolucion is an all-ages club and he works closed with the KCSO to maintain the safety of the patrons and the immediate neighborhood.
At the end of the evening the meeting’s facilitator, Karen Greene, said that what she was hearing from the audience was a request that Magana go back to his boss and ask him to come to the next meeting. It was also suggested that a list of questions be drawn up prior to that meeting which would reflect the concerns brought up over the past couple of months.
Also at the meeting KCSO Deputy Joe Gagliardi, who works out of the gang unit, had a one-hour presentation on gangs in south Seattle. In 2007, he said, the KCSO had some kind of contact with more than 90 gangs in King County. He said that those gangs range from as few as four or five members to almost 300 or more.He also had a slide show presentation showing the various types of gang graffiti seen in White Center, Boulevard Park and Burien.
One more note from the meeting: A reminder that the King County budget crisis meeting with Sheriff Sue Rahr and other county public-safety leaders is coming to the “log cabin” at Steve Cox Park next week – October 29th, 7 pm. We’ll be there.
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