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Last Call For Vice Ultra Lounge

The popular and controversial night spot on Arroyo Drive closed its doors Jan. 1.

Matt DeLima may have a career on YouTube awaiting him. His days as co-owner of Vice Ultra Lounge are officially over, and DiLima made a video about it as one last YouTube slap at city officials he blames for hindering his success.

After what police say (and Delima denies) were 30 fights and 31 citations for public intoxication and other violations of the facility's use permit since Vice's 2009 opening, the doors closed for good on Jan. 1. DeLima is blaming the city's imposition of an 11 p.m. last call requirement in Oct., imposed by the Planning Commission in an attempt to reduce the number of fights.

Vice was one of several downtown nightspots that became the focus of a major political dispute between the city council and the police union in the 2010 election. After a huge fight broke out on Oct. 1, 2010 that involved 30 people and three establishments, former councilman Gary Skrel was accused of meeting secretly with bar owners, asking them to not call police when fights broke out until the November election was over. Skrel vehemently denied making that request.

In 2011, DeLima in which he opined that Walnut Creek police were excessively pulling him over for uwarranted traffic violations.

Let's just say that there was very little love between DeLima and the WCPD.

Whether it was a bad economy, city restrictions, police scrutiny or a reputation problem, or perhaps a combination of all of the above, Vice Ultra Lounge is no more.

And YouTube may have a new star.

Josh Goldman January 05, 2013 at 07:27 AM
Delima is another Johnny Rocket. Shut then down and kick the jerks out of Walnut Creek. Done. Dirbag is out of business, haha!
Ajedrez411 January 07, 2013 at 10:08 AM
Maybe now the WC PD can focus on the place in WC that causes a lot of problems which is on main and civic. That place is always over capacity. Always has fights but it's as if the bar owner is paying of the city just enough to never have the councilmen get on their case. It's pretty amazing what that bar gets away with yet the WC PD look the other way all the time. Well...I'm sure with Vice out of business they are probably next...
One more time with feeling January 07, 2013 at 08:03 PM
"main and civic"? That's where City Hall is. Hilarious.
Ajedrez411 January 08, 2013 at 10:39 PM
One more time with feeling - There are 4 corners on the above mentioned cross streets. Perhaps you should exercise your memory a little more.
Sonya Tafoya January 17, 2013 at 09:53 AM
Im so sad that a community with "standards, & morals", are compromising their nobility by sinking to the pits of name calling.. Matt DeLima is not a "dirtbag". Shame on you 'Triple Canopy'... Paula Miller, do you lnow him personally, or is his invasion of "YOUR CITY", a thorn in your side. Let's be realistic here fellow mankind.. Can any of us say we are better than the next? No judgement is left up to the big guy upstairs. I have worked for Matt, goin on 3 years now, I have seen a lot go on , between so called friends & business aquaintances. He is not a 'slimeball, or a dirtbag, nor does his choice of venting make him a public threat. I tell you what, NONE of us can say that we have never done anything someone else might frown upon. I cannot wait to be a part of the sucess the future establishment will be. Bet none of you will be complaining when the revenues start flowing. WC ... Im glad I live in Pittsburg.

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