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Victims of the Gilroy Garlic Festival Shooting Are Suing Over ‘Negligent Security Measures’

Also: The history of the Tonga Room’s pool

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Five victims of the Gilroy Garlic Festival mass shooting are suing the event

A San Francisco-based firm called the Scarlett Law Group announced late Monday that five of the victims of the July 28 shooting are suing the event and its organizers over allegedly “negligent security measures.” Law enforcement officials say that the suspect, 19-year old Gilroy resident Santino Legan, entered the festival after cutting a hole in a fence, then fired 39 rounds, killing three people and himself. Further details of the lawsuit are expected at a press conference scheduled for today.

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Loads of people have jumped into the Tonga Room’s pool

SF Gate has a nice history of the pool at the center of the Tonga Room, which bar manager Matthew Elia says attracts scofflaw swimmers at least “once a month.” In recent years, the venue has threatened a $500 fine for leaping into the pool, which Elia says has curtailed the practice somewhat, and has generated $6,000 in payouts from jumpers who just couldn’t restrain themselves.

Bad foot traffic has iced Frozen Kuhsterd out of the Lower Haight

Frozen Kuhsterd began as a food truck in 2011, and opened a permanent location at 791 Haight Street in 2018. That spot closed last week, and owner Jason Angeles tells Hoodline that “it didn’t have enough foot traffic to survive.” The food truck will live on, Angeles says, so watch for it outside local tech campuses and at events like Outside Lands.

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Likha is pausing its pop-up to search for a permanent space

Filipino-American pop-up Likha has been operating daily from inside Emeryville’s Hometown Heroes sports bar, but that will end as of December 8, the SF Chronicle reports. That’s when chef/owners Bobby Punla and Jan Dela Paz will turn their attention toward finding a spot — preferably in Oakland — where they can create “more of a homey feel, where people feel comfortable dining in as opposed to watching TV and listening to super loud music.”


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