City Hall call time at Midnight Rock
On Wednesday evening, Midnight Rock was the latest in a line of bars to be hit by City Hall. Late in the evening saw city inspectors enter the club and swiftly began checking for infractions. Once all the usual possibilities had been eliminated, they began a more in depth inspection. Eventually, they discovered a slightly faulty waste water pipe and a broken hinge on the door of a kitchen cabinet. – A cabinet, I might add, that wasn’t even in use. These gross infringements were sufficient for City Hall to temporarily issue a closure notice on Midnight Rock.
Even before the notice was written out, the faulty items were repaired, and when I informed the inspector and suggested that he re-inspect the items ensuring him that the repairs had already been carried out, I was informed that he didn’t have time and would instead return the following day. The inspector smirked as he informed me that all the bars in Angeles will have to pull their socks up or face closure.
I waited all the following day for the inspector to return and, after many phone calls and text messages, was informed that he was too busy, and would instead return next Monday. As Thursday is ‘Live’ music night, customers began arriving around 7pm, but were reluctantly turned away for the evenings’ performance.
My apologies to all customers who had a wasted trip. However, all I can do now is wait until Monday and see what happens.
What happened to Dave at Midnight Rock is becoming quite common of late. These are not "raids" per se but questionable activities of the Mayor's specially formed inspection team named "ACESCORE". On this latest inspection the leader was one Inspector POL NACPIL. I have learned that this is not the first time this man's name has come to the attention of certain personnel. It appears that this team is going beyond the good intentions of its formation which was to visit bars in the entertainment area to inspect for obvious violations of City ordinances, give owners written lists of violations and a timeline for correcting the violations. Closure should not be immediate. There has been a rash of these heavy handed inspections of late, even asking some bars to close "voluntarily". Since when is a hinge on a kitchen cabinet so serious that a Club should be closed. How about tissues on the floor of a locker room? How about a loose door knob? What does Nacpil mean when he says the bars have to "pull their socks up or face closure?. Is this a threat? How can bars comply with an inspection when the inspector makes up his own mickey mouse violations on the spot? Is there a standard price, oops, I mean criteria for reopening?