4 a.m. Last Call For Alcohol Nixed By California Lawmakers
The prospect of a 4 a.m. last call for alcohol in California had some of you jumping off your well-worn couches and professing never to be sedentary about politics again. Woo-hoo, you said.
Timothy Norris for LA Weekly
Sorry to spill our mojito on your new American Apparel t-shirt, but the 4 a.m. bill by state Sen. Mark Leno, which would have allowed local towns to let the liquor flow for an extra two hours if they so desired, was snuffed out like a short, wet blunt at Snoop's house:
The Senate Committee on Governmental Organization killed the bill yesterday on a 6-4 vote with one abstention.
A Leno spokeswoman told us it's dead for this legislative session and that no decision has been made yet on whether to reintroduce the bill next year.
So what happened? Politics, that's what happened. Welcome to Sacramento, where the will of you people can be thwarted by powerful lobbying groups (in the case we're going to cast our bloodshot gaze in the direction of law enforcement and MADD).
The no-voting haters on the Committee included Republican Tom Berryhill, local Democrat Ron Calderon, Republican Anthony Cannella, Democrat Lou Correa, area Democrat Ted Lieu, and Republican Jim Nielson.
Go ahead: Send them vodka-soaked hate mail. We dare you.
It sounded harmless enough: Let L.A. be the world city it is by pouring until 4 a.m. instead of rolling up the red carpets at 2 as global tourists look on with astonishment and disappointment.
But opponents argued that the hours would increase late-night crime, reduce quality of life, and put drunks on the roads well into the a.m.
Oh well. There's always drugs.