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Author Topic: Edges Community Dungeon in San Jose to close  (Read 1714 times)
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« on: April 01, 2010, 07:28:33 PM »

The Edges Community Dungeon is being forced to close its doors by the city of Santa Clara.

The city is concerned about the zoning and has required the dungeon to fund a $25,000 study "to understand the impacts of places of assembly in the Industrial Zone" within 45 days.  Even with the study, there is no guarantee the city will renew the Dungeon's business permit.

Because it is impossible for the Dungeon to raise this kind of cash in such a short time, Edges will be closing its doors.

This action by the city of Santa Clara is a thinly veiled attack on the BDSM community.  They are making it clear that "we don't want your kind of people here."

The Dungeon is currently located in an industrial area favored for clubs as there are no residential neighbors to worry about.  Clubs located in residential areas often receive complaints from neighbors concerned about children and noise after 10pm.

So I would like to ask the city of Santa Clara:  What is an appropriate place for a Community Dungeon if not an Industrial Zone?  Would you really prefer them in high pedestrian traffic areas like residential neighborhoods and shopping malls?  Of course not, and that is why I am calling this an attack on our community.

SHAME ON YOU City of Santa Clara!

But guess what, closing our community play spaces will not make us go away.  what it will do is as follows:

1.  Make such Dungeons think twice about becoming "legitimate" businesses in the future. 

2. Force play to go back into the private sphere - including hotel rooms.  This is dangerous because if I'm playing in Public/Community Dungeon and hear a safe-word call I know that if it is not observed the Dungeon master will step in and stop the play.  But who is going to stop someone if they decide not to observe a safe word in a hotel room?

The primary duty of government is to facilitate public safety.  By closing the Dungeon they have betrayed this calling.  Shame shame.
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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2010, 09:18:28 AM »

The dungeon here in Dallas is also in an 'industrial zone'.

Another reason for locating them there is that it's over a mile away from the nearest school.  MANY cities in the US have zoning laws that forbid any type of 'adult entertainment' business within a mile of a public school, so you're stuck with the seedier 'unincorporated' areas of town where the strip clubs are, or you head to the cheaper warehouse buildings in the industrial area.

Yep, that $25K 'impact study' is pure bullshit, especially since most dungeons operate primarily at night when the industrial area is closed.  There's one business near our dungeon that runs two or three shifts, but we don't bother them.  They're inside WORKING, or outside briefly on a smoke break.  An 'impact study' is superfluous.

Edges *might* be able to get around the city if they took 'em to court over this, but they'd need a lawyer that would do it pro bono.  Every business is a 'place of assembly'.  We assemble there every day to WORK.  Is the city also using that crap to restrict CHURCHES near schools, residences and industrial areas?
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