(og VICE)

Police seem to have a prescribed identity... What is that identity, and is it positive? Before answering, I should be honest. I'm exclusively citing the identity many of my peers (myself included) have developed for law enforcement:

The sloppy over-weight harbinger of tribulation... P-I-G!!!

But recent events have altered my perspective. As of late, yours truly has been in regular contact with the "PIGS." The Vice squad has begun visiting us regularly. In a previous tour as manager in another bar, I wasn’t exactly excited about visits from Vice... It was a source of stress – the potential doom of irreversible criticism! Although things can changed... Here, at ELllD, we were introduced to vice through their precautionary measures – they came to us before a large event, going out of their way to ensure we were well informed on necessary procedures for such a party. This meeting set the tone for our relationship. Our staff's discourse regarding police began shifting from dissonance to appreciation. It was clear Vice had our interests in mind. Instead, they could've just as easily approached us the night of, slamming us on various errors, or worse: Suspend our liquor license (which is the core of my above mentioned dissonance)!!! Since then, the Vice team has visited regularly, and we regularly sit in a booth and have a long conversation about progress in the neighborhood. Through this agreeable dialogue, they've begun appreciating us. Their respect has allowed access to an invaluable resource: information! On multiple occasions, they've provided info about methods for safe and effective business. They randomly appear. With each random appearence, my stress is reduced more and more. Nowadays, I don't panic if they arrive, because I know they're going to coach us towards becoming a better business! They applaud our successes, and choreograph our improvements. On a recent weekend night, which happened to be bonkers, the Vice squad said that they were "proud" of our efforts, while also suggesting we make a minor adjustment: keep a guard in a certain location to decrease clogging the flow of patrons near the front door (which they indicated was a fire marshall no no). Bingo, right!?! An easy resolution as well as a pat on our back? Folks like this, who enjoy the good and question their surroundings, are always welcome at EL||D!

My next significant encounter with Police Influence on biz Growth (P.I.G.) was at the central division's community meeting... Not gonna lie, y'all - it was kinda nerve-racking walking into a police station. Why, though? Was it a sour taste left from a DISTANT experience :) Nevertheless, I cruised in with high hopes. But, it was a rocky start...

As I walk into the department, an officer greeted me from behind a huge desk. With a commanding tone, he asked, "You here for the community hearing?" Hearing...? What hearing? WTF? But, before I could effectively respond, the officer left his seat to press a button which made a crazy buzzing sound all while opening a door and commanding, "Down the hall to the left, take a right, then it's the first office, they're about to start!" I wasn't about to ask questions. I just started moving. Things would get better, though.

It was easy finding the office. Another officer helped me along the way. As I entered the room, a lieutenant (Stewart) stood and greeted me with handshake and smile, "Welcome to our meeting. There's plenty of seats. Make yourself at home!" So I did, grabbing a chair and a couple pamphlets addressing random info. Y'all, I cant tell you how much I learned that night... We discussed the crime trends in all kinds of different corners of East Village, as well as throughout the greater central division jurisdiction. It was enlightening, as well as disheartening... while documenting the goings-on, I couldn't help but notice the two officers wearing signs of fatigue (Lt. Stewart was later joined by Of. John Graham). They would begrudgingly cite a lack of department resources when answering our demands for more help. This sentiment made their presence appear as an obvious sacrifice. Each attendee was given an opportunity to speak their mind. Most criticized P.I.G.'s efforts. Some praised their work, though. When it was finally my turn (out of thirty or so, I was in the last couple speakers) I informed the group about my background. Then, I took a bit of a risk... I questioned the format of the meeting by suggesting the officers prepare a meeting agenda and a set of minutes from the last meeting (standard form in most meetings, right?). I argued that it would allow the audience to ask more questions and interact a bit more with their reports. I'm sure I made this claim due to the recent experiences with the vice squad. My argument was received well! They, understandingly, referenced lacking resources, but acknowledged the importance of such practices.

After that, I was comfortable and confident. I openly discussed my concerns. I announced that the meeting was a great opportunity for our neighbors to be critical of our business' conduct. Then I offered our bar as a venue for community fundraising events, knowing there were several community representatives in attendance.

After the meeting concluded, officer Graham approached me... He thanked me, and offered a friendly suggestion... Apparently, a police dog was severely injured on a recent arrest-gone-bad. Officer Graham claimed that Earp (the dog) was responsible for more arrests than any person on the force. They happened to be in need, and Of. Graham was willing to pass the info...


All I had to do was ask questions. That was the purpose of this meeting, anyways!! They wanted to give us info, we just needed to ask the right questions. Since then, I've contacted several friends in the service industry, advocating the benefit of this new relationship. My goal? Have a regular beat officer (or two) walking through our neighborhood - someone that local businesses can relate to, and foster goodwill towards. These people are responsible for our safety... they deserve a better identity than the sluggish and careless donut-devouring pig. My recent experiences would suggest another animal... But arguing the spirit animal for the popo is another post - I should more importantly discuss some biases...

I realize you might read this with a critical eye. After presenting my crusade for law enforcement advocacy, a customer recently exclaimed, "I know why you're doing this, Anthony! You're just trying to kiss ass! Also, do you really think your customers will support you?" Both were important critiques! But, of course, I must debate... For the purposes of time let's agree that "kissing ass" = fostering a positive impression using unethical means. Am I unethical in my approach? I am sincerely encouraging the the wholesome development of OUR NEIGHBORHOOD. Yes, our bar will benefit, but so will the rest of East Village. This leads to the second critique... Will anyone support us? I would hope so!! This pledge of advocacy stems from our core organizational values. We are, by nature, a member of an industry which focuses on serving and developing a positive community of forward-thinking patrons. People have/will continue to support our values, and our subsequent actions. By this definition, we're more like P.I.G.'s than we think, huh? To serve the community...

Like my previous post, I wanna finish with some questions:

Am I making a positive/negative move writing about the local Law Enforcement?
Should I reserve this conversation for closed doors?
Will others benefit from this story?
Will others care about this?
How could EL||D be most helpful for this community?
Can we help local Law Enforcement? How?

Thank you for reading! If you feel good/bad about my remarks let's discuss. The comment board is wide open. With your critique, the plan improves. If you're interested, I would be more than happy to have friends join me at the next Central Division community meeting. They really are a great opportunity to get connected with the folks who take care of us.

Thank you!

- A


What do y'all wanna watch?

So, many of y'all have noticed our taste in video entertainment has been evolving. We started with 'Chicks Who Love Machine Guns.' Then, our interests migrated to the vast array of spaghetti westerns, classic horror/sci-fi flicks, and various Ray Harryhousen masterpieces... Now, we seem to be stuck on a late 80's/early 90's kick. All of these genres seem to relate with our bar's aesthetic (the Westerns), or our staff's youth (the rest).

As of late, we've continued our pursuit for the greatest, most awe-inspiring, stunning, strange, bizarre, unique, (add word from thesaurus here), videos... after scavenging various swap meets and pa-rousing 'ole amazon.com, we've got some EL||D blockbuster en route:

Bob Ross 3-hour instructional video (that's right, 3 HOURS!!!)

What videos do you recommend?

...and based on popular demand:


Once upon a time...


Young Guns: The Godfather

Wow! Before I get started I just gotta say that Lykke Li at the Belly Up tonight was phenomenal. The gist of it: a Swedish singer/songwriter in Solana Beach at on a Monday night right after Coachella (where she also performed) completely sold out. Why such a big deal? Imagine a one-in-a-million voice somewhere between the Nordic rasp of Niko and the ethereal cooing of Blonde Redhead. It was something very special and everyone was stoked to be there. She even covered 'A Milli" by Lil Wayne and "Can I Kick It?' By A Tribe Called Quest- IN STYLE! On that note lets talk about this Saturday night because I'm sure we will witness an equal level of awesomeness.


Where do I begin? Franki Chan is one of my heroes. Not because he is a jet setting DJ, or because he is world famous for his record label/production company, IHeartComix (home to Designer Drugs, HeartsRevolution, Matt & Kim and many others). He's got something few DJs can claim- he helped start a new movement in music, a movement that is close to the hearts of tens of thousands of musically-discerning southern Californians.
He almost single-handedly lit the indie dance party fire in LA in the later half of this decade. He brought out French Electro super bad asses Justice for their first American show. He help break Spank Rock, MSTRKRFT, Simian Mobile Disco, Crystal Castles, Boys Noize, and many others to the Southern Californa masses with his bi-monthly party called Check Yo Ponytail in LA. He did it before "electro" was a buzzword, and he is a big reason the genre has moved to that point. For that he is rightfully called the Godfather by many. Below is a video that documents Check Yo Ponytail on Halloween night 2006. This was the first night Justice performed in the states to scores of screaming fans. Did I mention MSTRKFT was there too? It was a catalytic moment in dance music culture and we at El D are proud to have him get behind the decks this Saturday for your entertainment.

Here's one of Mr. Chan's recent mixtapes

Last thing, for everyone looking for the photos from our last party, you can find them here.
In fact, for all the photos check out the photo blogs on our profile at: myspace.com/younggunssandiego

See ya soon!





Yush Yush yall!

Another Friday night ripe for Crushin, filled with Bass and Percussion, and loads of funky riddims to keep the heartrate rushin.

Special guests in the house are our peoples GABE &HIPPO, who will be activating the dancefloor with the your favorite Hip-Hop Gems.

Possibly something like this:

Of course your selectors to set off the smoke detectors J BLOW & UNITE will be in house peppering the spot with a little bit of that...

And a little bit of this:

But unfortunately not much of this (Unless you feel so inclined, then go for it!):

Every First and Third Friday Of The Month!!!


See y'all there...


Should the Manager Blog?

Hello there!

My name is Anthony. I'm the Operations Manager here at EL||D. Although I would rather be measured with by a higher criteria... Titles are a love/hate kinda thing → the “easy-to-understand” job description vs. the belittling pigeonhole. Managers manage (coordinate). I prefer Collaborator!! Yeah!

Pardon the detour (I do that a lot). I would add a bunch more content about my past, although I figured those stories are better saved for future posts. So, let's get to the point folks: Why would I want to blog? I feel it’s necessary to make my experiences public, and there's a couple reasons why! But, first, another detour... During a recent evening at the bar, I had the opportunity to converse with one of our more supportive regular patrons. For our purposes, we'll refer to this person as “Larry.” So, good ‘ole Larry informed me about his career as a consultant who teaches businesses about blogging. Of course, I then asked Lare why he thought blogging was important. He insisted that blogging was a method for businesses to cultivate a humanistic, or down-to-earth, impression. This started an enormous conversation. After a while, we agreed that blogging was the ultimate platform for customer criticism. At any point, the reader/customer could publish critiques, making the author/proprietor aware of advantages and disadvantages of the existing business model. After Larry gave his definition, I asked, “if the customer disappeared from this equation, would the blog still be valuable?” There are all kinds of blogs that don’t offer products; per se... they seem to act more like an outlet for online identity, if anything. After debating this, Larry and I let bygones be bygones, settling to resume the convo via email. His info definitely influenced my urge to blog. But another event would act as the catalyst.

Disclaimer: here comes another tangent... I'm a graduate student/teacher in the School of Communication at San Diego State University. With me and Larry’s talk still fresh on the mind, I was assigned to deliver an in-depth presentation about a leadership theory - no easy task, right? Anyways, I found this great process called Shared Leadership. It expands on leadership theories that claim leader versatility during conflict is essential (Duh, right?). Shared Leadership Theory argues that teams are potentially more equipped to deal with crises, because any team member is able to be a leader. As teammates become more and more appreciative of each other’s strengths, they can effectively/naturally delegate leadership duties for different crises. As members are supported with appreciation, they gain confidence in “voice,” which refers to speaking up and debating alternatives for the teams shared goals – in other words, effective criticism. With voice, a team member can enhance the team's vision and motivation. Here’s the model I used in class (select the pic if you wanna see the rest of my presentation, too):

This stuff is good and all, but what does Larry and blogging have to do with shared leadership? Hang on for one last argument and this might make sense...

Research shows that shared leadership teams are far more productive when they’re coached. Carson et al. (2007) define effective coaches as external teachers/consultants who discover and support individual team member ability. Coaches then teach the rest of the team how to employ other member’s strengths to achieve team goals. But, what if a team doesn’t have a coach? How can they get at the benefits of enhanced performance?

This is where blogging comes into play... After I presented in class, I bolted over to EL||D and discussed the coaching concept with Nate (one of the bar's owners/managers/bartenders/accountants/janitors etc...). We came to another big conclusion: blog posts could allow us to be "coached" by each other!! Ya see, we don't exactly have a coach here at EL||D. We learn as we go. But we most certainly support each other, and we definitely have all kinds of VOICE. What if those voices were documented? Blog posts could be a reminder of past experiences, as well as a method for learning each other’s strengths. So, here I am, hoping theory equates to practice! Do ya think blogs can coach? Shoot, I hope so! Otherwise, why are you still reading? And if this experiment does work, will one of us emerge as “coach,” or will the team continue coaching itself? Is one method better than another? Is this just an inconsiderate and arrogant rant, where I attempt to prove myself as the leader/coach of our team, or will this message fascilitate the development of EL||D’s leaders and coaches? Who knows!

I'll tell ya what I do know: writing this was fun. It feels good writing and reading my experiences – getting my jumbled thoughts on this here page is definitely a relief. In some ways this here blog can't be a total failure. I mean, if old Larry is getting big bucks to teach this stuff, it's gotta be worth it for some reason, right?

To wrap my posts, I wanna offer a couple more questions. Feel free to comment on any of the following q’s. Feel free to ask your own questions too! Feel free to tell me why Larry is a goof, or why you think I should be boo’ed off this blog. I guess I'm saying, feel free to express your voice... PLEASE ASK QUESTIONS!! Questions bring answers - answers bring improvements.

Do you think it's positive that people blog?
Is it good for biz if the "manager" writes about their experiences in a public forum?
Is it good for biz to have ANY employee make their experiences public?
Will these posts help other businesses?
Will these posts help you?
If you answered "NO WAY, CHIEF" to the above questions, how could we use this blog to make EL||D better for our/your community?

I'm at the bar a lot - I'd be happy to discuss this post, or future posts, in person. If it’s more comfy talking about this stuff in the comments of this post, go for it.

Thank you for your time! If you enjoyed reading, stay tuned... I got a couple more topics to yap about. I'll try to be as lighthearted as possible.

Have a great one!

- A



Hey everyone!

DJ Groundfloor here, first of all, tip of my hat to everyone that came out to the Shark Attack party! The dance floor was full and abundant with smiles at the end of the night- a true measure of a good time. You can find the photo from that night right here. The Young Guns parties are shaping up to be among the best in our fine city, if you haven't come out yet, we've got a great party lined up for you this saturday!

In sync with San Diego Fashion Week, we bring you the official Fashion Week Closing Party for those who know. Our guest entertainers for the night are two girls from LA that have made their mark on both the fashion and music industry. Marylouise Pels and Vanessa Giovacchini are collectively know as Posso, a forward thinking fashion lifestyle brand and a cutting edge DJ collective. They are perhaps most well known in the fashion industry for resurrecting the popularity of the Spat , a now sought-after vintage fashion accessory. In recent times they've made their mark on the music world, DJing at amazing parties alongside Cut Copy, Them Jeans, Steve Aoki, LA Riots, and many others. Posso will join us this Saturday for a party you won't want to miss.


Lastly, if your on the 'space feel free to stop by and say hi!


See ya soon!!

DJ Groundfloor


The Analog Show presents The Twelves! El Dorado! from mac nguyen on Vimeo.

SO SEXY!!! This might replicate some of the alleged incidents that occurred on that fine Saturday evening in March... But, much is lost in translation (e.g., the debauchery that ensued after the after the after the after party!). Although this video clearly demonstrates how "Special" this event was. Thank you Mr. Mac for showing the world how fun things can get at our little spot on the globe. Also, huge props, again, to Mr. Salter for promoting,

Let's not forget an enormous thank you to The TWELVES!!! Show these dudes some myspace/FB lovin' -- with a couple of your kind words, and a little luck, maybe they'll be back at EL||D sooner than later!

Please don't crash Mr. Innnerweb, cuz we wanna hold on to this memory as long as possible!!