by: Asher Norris
Sep 30, 2018
A potentially transformative bill for California’s nightlife industry was vetoed on September 28 by Governor Jerry Brown. The “Let Our Communities Adjust Late Night Act” would have extended last call by two hours in nine cities across the state, offering individual areas control over curfews and closing times. Spearheaded by state Senator Scott Weiner, the bill cited the importance of California’s nightlife culture and economy and the limits that statewide regulations placed on them as the key factors.
Originally proposed in February of 2017, the act had already passed through the senate, reaching the last step on the Governors desk. It turns out final stop was the bill’s last. “Without question, these two extra hours will result in more drinking,” Brown wrote in his veto message. “California’s laws regulating late night drinking have been on the books since 1913. I believe we have enough mischief from midnight to two without adding two more hours of mayhem.” The state’s nightlife industry has been a key contributor to its economy for decades, but the 2:00am curfew is often mentioned as a considerable downside compared to New York City’s 24-hour venues.
H/T: Sac Bee