California Passes Bill to Extend Hours of Nightlife Establishments to 4 AM
California seeks to follow in the footsteps of cities like Chicago, Miami Beach, and New Orleans with the newest bill passed by the state Senate, a legislation that will permit California communities to extend bar hours from the standard 2 AM mark to 4 AM. The bill’s proposition was led by Senator Scott Wiener in a nod to the influence of nightlife as an influential social and touristic construct within the state.
“The LOCAL Act recognizes that nightlife is critical to the culture and economy of many cities throughout our large and diverse state, and that local communities can make responsible decisions to support nightlife, if that’s the choice they want to make,” Wiener states. “LOCAL” is an acronym for “Let Our Communities Adjust Late Nite,” a phrase that recognizes that California nightlife is a dominant scene within the state, but furthermore acknowledges that the expansion of California based nightlife options does not operate on a “one-size fits all” scale, but rather a more individualized one, dependent upon the aspirations of the given and respective Californian community.
Bars, clubs, and restaurants will have the choice to prolong their evening hours; retail establishments are the sole entity that will be excluded from the choice. Once a community that desires to push hours from 2 AM to 4 AM voices that wish, local businesses will be required to apply for the 4 AM license through the California ABC. The bill will revolutionize nightlife in California, bringing the nightlife atmosphere of the “golden state” up to date with that of other cities like Miami.