Some California cities may finally get the last call at 4 a.m.

In 1935, a prohibition law was enacted in California that is still in effect today. Establishments must cease the sale of alcohol at 2 a.m. California is unique in this regard; as most places with global cities allow their residents to go until 4am (cue Kaskade).

There is a way. I know that.

State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) is now in his third attempt to extend nightlife hours in California. He was taken down in 2018 by a veto from the governor; and again in 2019 when he failed to pass the assembly. This time, the senator is proposing a 5-year pilot program with seven cities registered; West Hollywood, San Francisco, Fresno, Oakland, Palm Springs, Cathedral City and Coachella.

These seven cities all lean toward a nightlife culture friendliness and have an above-average LGBT population. Other cities are encouraged to be added to the list as the bill progresses.

Advantages and disadvantages

Arguments supporting the SB 930 proposal mention the benefits that nightlife culture provides to marginalized communities such as the LGBT community. Plus, extended hours could help struggling businesses in a post-Covid reopening world.

“We know that nightlife is so important to our culture and to our economy. When you think of the reasons why people move to cities, one of them is that they want to have a lively nightlife, to be able to have fun and have fun. Wiener told the LA Times

The counter-arguments discuss alcoholism as a disease, the rise in drunk driving and sexual violence; which is often correlated with increased alcohol consumption.

If passed, the bill will allow each city to control the application of the new rules. They can limit extended hours to specific neighborhoods, streets, and days of the week; or leave it for special events only. Individual establishments must apply for a permit; and will be subject to review by the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control.

As always, at EDMTunes, we encourage you to drink responsibly.

Bernard P. Love