Last Call at 4:05 a.m. West Hollywood is One of Seven Cities on a Proposed Bill – Los Angeles

Some state legislators are looking at allowing bars to continue serving alcohol in West Hollywood until 4 a.m. However, some opponents have rallied against the bill saying that it could increase drunken driving as well as crime throughout Los Angeles. 

While the bill is still in committee and has not been voted on by West Hollywood City Council, it has been voted for by them if it passes.

Bar owners may say that they could do with an extra two hours, but not all are in favor of the extension of last call.

Wednesday’s protest in Los Angeles was led by a group of people who opposed the state law that would allow alcohol sales to be extended in seven California cities, from 2 a.m. until 4 a.m.

Senate bill 930The pilot project proposes a five year pilot that would allow a 4:05 a.m. last phone call in San Francisco and Oakland, Fresno. Cathedral city, Coachella and Palm Springs.

Opponents are concerned that the new system could lead to increased crime. West Hollywood has already fought this issue after a spate of robberies as well as pick-pocketing with cellphones.

Critics say that more drinking hours could increase the number drunken drivers who travel around Los Angeles.

“It takes a long time for people to sober up. If people are drinking til 4 in the morning and commute starts at 7 or 8 a.m., there’s going to be some potential conflicts,”Marielle Reataza is the executive director of National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse.

Bar owners in West Hollywood have said that they could use the additional two hours of revenue after suffering financial losses from the pandemic. Bars and nightclubs account for more than $3 billion in California’s economy.

“I think it would be a boon for us financially to help offset those losses because they’re still heavy – we’re not out of the woods yet,”Michael Lehron, resident.

“For sure, we’ve had so many bars close down – restaurants close – so anything we can do to boost the community, everyone should get behind that and allow more financial impact to be uplifted again.”

Some bar employees say they don’t want to work until 4 a.m.

“This might be a little selfish but we don’t want to extend our hours – and we get to bed even later. It messes with our lives,”Allie Cavanagh, a Stache bartender, said.

This bill would give cities the ability to establish their own rules. For example, a city could limit alcohol sales on specific days or streets. California lawmakers have tried to pass similar bills in the past, but they’ve all been defeated.

To pass it, it must have the support of majority in the assembly and senate, as well as the signature by Gov. Gavin Newsom. It would take effect in 2025 if it is passed.

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