Thugs v. cops in downtown SJ
Do you avoid downtown San Jose at night because of the cops or the thugs? It is a toss-up for me, but Studio 8 is betting on the cops. They have sued the San Jose Police Department for driving away patrons.
Now I will make a confession: I had my last birthday at Studio 8 (way back in December, so a girl can change, right?). We didn’t want to go to San Francisco that weekend, so the options were very limited. There are many reasons why I haven’t been back: bad music, the bad crowd, the fact that they shut down at 1:30…oh, and the closed down streets and cops everywhere when you leave, making you feel like your life would be in danger if you were allowed to drive down 3rd Street or walk to your car without a cop staring at you.
If you haven’t been to downtown San Jose lately (and that’s most of you, I bet), you probably haven’t seen all of the baracades, closed-off streets, and police that appear weekend nights. Let me tell you, it really adds to the fun, fun-filled, big-city atmosphere. I guess they are trying to reduce crime and all of that. But isn’t San Jose supposed to be the safest big city in America?
Anyway, San Jose Inside has a whole thugs v. cops discussion because of the lawsuit. If you want to get the Silicon Valley geek crowd to downtown San Jose, open some martini bars that stay open late, and don’t act like we are on the verge of riots every Saturday night at 2AM. We don’t really care about the thug or cop scene.