Legislation in Sacramento that would have allowed local communities to request an extension of last call until 4 AM from the State ABC has been put to bed, for now at least. According to the LA Times:
Lawmakers rejected a proposal on Friday to allow many California bars to extend hours of operation until 4 a.m., a bill that would have marked the first expansion of the hours of sale for alcohol since 1935.
Instead, the bill was revised to create a task force for studying the issue of keeping bars open beyond 2 a.m., with a report due back to the Legislature by the end of 2019.
The Bill’s author, State Senator Scott Weiner was left deflated in defeat, telling The Times, “It’s embarrassing that California shuts down its nightlife so early. We’re not going to give up.”
Both the City of West Hollywood and West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce supported the legislation.
Also embarrassing is how the ABC uses its entertainer and employee attire regulations to conduct stings targeting gay establishments and shutting them down… But until the Last Call bill gets passed, chances are nobody will touch changing those rules…