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Alcohol Justice Reports: Los Angeles City Council Says NO to 4 a.m. Bar Bill

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 27, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Alcohol JusticeCalifornia Alcohol Policy Alliance (CAPA) and Los Angeles Drug & Alcohol Policy Alliance (L.A.DAPA) expressed gratitude today to the Los Angeles City Council for passing a resolution strongly opposing Senator Scott Wiener's SB 58 - the 4 a.m. bar bill. Councilmember Paul Koretz's resolution succeeded in changing the narrative from increasing nightlife profits to protecting public health and safety.

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Councilmember Koretz introduced the resolution opposing Wiener's SB 58 on March 5, 2019. Today the Council voted 10 to 2 to formally oppose the bill which has been supported by Mayor Garcetti and Assemblymember Santiago who have consistently ignored the statewide public health and safety threats the bill would create by allowing a patchwork quilt of cities to extend alcohol sales to 4 a.m.

"The Los Angeles City Council's vote to support my resolution OPPOSING SB 58 'the 4 am bar bill' sends a clear message to the Sacramento legislature that here in Los Angeles we put the lives and public safety of our residents before the profit of a few bar and club owners," said Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz of the Fifth District.

Expected social costs generated annually in the City of Los Angeles alone would be $88?$354.5 million; while the additional revenue would only be $36.5?$146.1 million. The five-year trial period net social cost of harm in Los Angeles would range from $266.5 million to $1 billion.

In Sacramento, the fate of the bill currently rests with the Assembly Appropriations Committee, chaired by Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez, which will make a determination on August 30, 2019. If passed and signed into law by Governor Newsom, SB 58 would expose over 76% of California's population to increased early morning commute hour alcohol-related harm.


The public is invited to express opposition to SB 58 by texting JUSTICE to 313131.

CAPA Member Organizations

Michael Scippa 415 257-2490
Jorge Castillo 213 840-3336


SOURCE Alcohol Justice

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