Neighborhood-worst 1,100 calls for police service include drug sales, fights, assaults, auto burglaries and dog attacks — and McDonald’s Corp. is legally on the hook for it
SAN FRANCISCO (May 12, 2015) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent a pre-litigation demand letter and draft complaint to McDonald’s Corporation this afternoon, informing the Oak Brook, Ill.-based fast-food giant of its civil liability for violations of the California Drug Abatement Act and Unfair Competition Law at the property it owns in San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.
The letter and complaint sent to President and CEO Steve Easterbrook detail the bases for which McDonald’s Corporation could be held legally accountable for the lawlessness harbored at its 730 Stanyan Street property, where its franchisee has defiantly refused to abate problems related to drug trafficking and other public nuisances. The McDonald’s location “has generated nearly 1,100 calls for service” to the San Francisco Police Department since January 2012, according to Herrera’s letter — more than any other business in the area. Criminal activity includes arrests for sale and possession of LSD, psychedelic mushrooms, hashish, marijuana, and marijuana edibles as well as dozens of incidents involving fights, assaults, auto burglaries and even two dog attacks.
Herrera expressed “hope to enlist your assistance to resolve the public nuisance conditions” to McDonald’s President and CEO, but was unequivocal in his intention to file suit if necessary, both to abate conditions plaguing the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood and to pursue injunctive relief, civil penalties, and attorneys’ fees.
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