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Senator Wiener Reintroduces Bill to Allow Extended Drinking Hours

by ECT

After Governor Jerry Brown vetoed a bill in September by Senator Scott Wiener that would extend late night alcohol services in bars and restaurants until 4:00 am, Wiener has reintroduced it.

Under the bill, 9 cities would give bars and restaurants the option to serve alcohol until 4:00 am.

Wiener took to Twitter on Tuesday saying he wasn’t going to give up on the bill.

“As we near Xmas, let’s give the gift of great nightlife. Yesterday, I introduced SB 58, allowing 9 cities to extend nightlife to 4 am. Gov Brown vetoed the same bill this year, saying it’d lead to “mischief & mayhem.” No, it won’t. It’ll lead to great nightlife. We won’t give up,” said Wiener.

Senate Bill 58 (Let Our Communities Adjust Late Night) is a 5-year pilot program beginning in January of 2022:

This bill, beginning January 1, 2022, and before January 2, 2027, would require the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to conduct a pilot program that would authorize the department to issue an additional hours license to an on-sale licensee located in a qualified city which would authorize, with or without conditions, the selling, giving, or purchasing of alcoholic beverages at the licensed premises between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., upon completion of specified requirements by the qualified city in which the licensee is located. The bill would impose specified fees related to the license to be deposited in the Alcohol Beverage Control Fund. The bill would require the applicant to notify specified persons of the application for an additional hours license and would provide a procedure for protest and hearing regarding the application. The bill would require the Department of the California Highway Patrol and each qualified city that has elected to participate in the program to submit reports to the Legislature and specified committees regarding the regional impact of the additional hours licenses, as specified. The bill would provide that any person under 21 years of age who enters and remains in the licensed public premises during the additional serving hours without lawful business therein is guilty of a misdemeanor, as provided. The pilot program would apply to Cathedral City, Coachella, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, Palm Springs, Sacramento, San Francisco, and West Hollywood.

In September, Governor Jerry Brown vetoed the bill stating the bill would provide businesses and cities with more revenue, but stated it would also lead to more drunk driving.

California’s law regulating late night drinking have been on the books since 1913. I believe we have enough mischief from midnight to 2 without adding two more hours of mayhem,” said Brown in his veto letter.

In a Press Release by the California Alcohol Policy Alliance (CAPA) and Alcohol Justice, they called the reintroduction of the bill an “outrage” and tone-deaf, third Quixotic attempt by Weiner.

“Like climate change deniers, Senator Wiener continues to deny dozens of peer-reviewed studies that show two more hours of alcohol sales will nearly double alcohol-related violence, crime, police calls, and emergency department visits,” stated Bruce Lee Livingston, Executive Director / CEO at Alcohol Justice. “Later bar times benefit business owners while the cost of cleaning up spilled blood and splattered brains after 4 a.m. will come from public resources.”

Veronica De Lara, Program Director at CAPA, added the following.

“This year, Senator Wiener made a mockery of scientific research and the legislative process by mislabeling SB 905 a ‘pilot project,’” said Veronica De Lara, MPA, Program Director, Pueblo y Salud, and Co-Chair of CAPA. “Virtually the entire state would have been exposed to additional alcohol-related harms if Governor Brown had not vetoed the bill. Now, with SB 58, Wiener continues to deny the research while mocking Governor Brown and the California Highway Patrol by tweeting…”No it won’t. It’ll lead to great nightlife.”

Wieners previous bill, Senate Bill 905, passed the State Assembly in a 51-22 vote. Locally, Assemblymemmbers Jim Frazier and Catharine Baker voted no while Tim Grayson voted yes. In the State Senate, it passed with a 28-8 vote with Senate Glazer in support.

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WHY? Dec 19, 2018 - 1:09 pm

Should shorten them. Must be pretty boring in Sacramento, nothing better to do.

Marin NMN Dec 24, 2018 - 3:22 pm

Looks like old Weiner is begging for a “nightlife.” I’m sure he would indulge and then try to pick himself up from the floor in full view of his compatriots.

Elizabeth R Dec 19, 2018 - 1:27 pm

Has this idiot WIENER lost his mind? That’s all we need! More drunks on the roads! I suppose if they drink until 4 am, they will stagger to work totally smashed! Terrific!

Wiener so smart Dec 19, 2018 - 4:56 pm

Love it!!!! Makes total since to me!! Let people drink longer and get drunker and increase the probability of them getting into an accident and kill someone. I am not against drinking, but we cannot even handle the last call we have. This dude is really a “Wiener”

Martin No Middle Name Dec 23, 2018 - 12:23 am

Nothing like a drunk staggering out of the bar at 4 am at a time when many people start heading for work and within minutes, traffic bottlenecks! All we need is someone using their car as if they were playing pinball on the freeways.

Nick Dec 19, 2018 - 6:39 pm

If far left Brown vetoed the bill, you know it’s outrageous. If Wiener wants 4 a.m. bar time – move to NYC.

ManBearPig Dec 19, 2018 - 7:05 pm

Sure why not?

Right after he gets the state to roll back every single gun law enacted since 1980 and he allows developers to encircle his own residence with section 8 housing. Then it’ll be a sound idea to allow more folks to get hammered, drive, and kill other motorists….or just more plain ol’ arrests for public intoxication and public urination. Nothing good will come from his idea. So if we’re rolling back unneeded laws that hamper one’s ability to enjoy themselves….roll back the guns laws.

Walkersplanet Dec 20, 2018 - 7:01 am

Whose pocket is this guy in, anyways?
Liquor distributors, restaurant and bar owners must greasing his palms on a regular basis.
Hey, is it me or do a lot of the violent news stories you read about in San Francisco and Oakland not happen as bars are closing at 2:00?

Jack Rose Dec 22, 2018 - 12:36 pm

Wasn’t this WIENER a loser who was one of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors member? That position alone qualifies him as A CRAZY! So, he wants even MORE drunks on the road? UNbelievable!

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