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Los Angeles Says NO 4 a.m. Last Call

L.A. City Councilmember Paul Koretz Hosts SB 58 Opposition Press Event

Residents of Los Angeles Will Not Be Lab Rats for Senator Wiener's Haphazard 4 a.m. Bar Bill Experiment

LOS ANGELES, May 2, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- California Alcohol Policy Alliance (CAPA), Alcohol Justice, and Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz have come together again to host a press event to oppose another 4 a.m. bar bill. SB 58 is State Senator Scott Wiener's 3rd attempt in three years to disrupt the state's uniform mandatory closing time for alcohol sales. In response, Councilmember Koretz introduced a resolution (Council File: 19-002-S39) opposing SB 58 on March 5, 2019. Friday's press event participants will report on the city and statewide public health and safety threats the bill would create by allowing a patchwork quilt of cities – including Los Angeles - to extend alcohol sales to 4 a.m. If passed and signed into law by Governor Newsom, SB 58 would launch a dangerous ten-city, five-year experiment that could expose over 76% of California's population to increased alcohol-related harm. The bill faces a Senate Appropriations Committee determination by May 16, 2019.

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What: Press Event/Opposition Rally/Call to Action

When:  Friday, May 3, 2019, 9:00 a.m.

Where: Los Angeles City Hall, 200 N Spring St. Los Angeles CA, 90012 (First Street steps)

Who:         

  • Paul Koretz, Los Angeles City Council District 5
  • Marqueece Harris-Dawson, Los Angeles City Council District 8
  • Sonny Skyhawk, Alcohol Justice
  • Melissa Estelle, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
  • Miriam Castro, Promotora - Mujeres Transformando La Comunidad
  • Richard Zaldivar, The Wall Las Memorias Project
  • Brenda Villanueva, Los Angeles Drug & Alcohol Policy Alliance (L.A.DAPA)
  • Gennesis Lopez, Coalition to Reduce Alcohol Related Harms in LA Metro (CoPalm)
  • Veronica De Lara, California Alcohol Policy Alliance (CAPA)

Why:         

  • Having failed to pass two previous 4 a.m. bar bills (SB 384 in 2017, SB 905 in 2018), State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) authored SB 58, a poorly conceived and inadequately funded ABC "pilot project" to extend last call to 4 a.m. in ten cities.
  • SB 58 disregards 40 years of peer-reviewed, public health research on the dangers of extending last call.
  • SB 58 will strip away uniform protections of the existing 2 a.m. last call, and spread additional alcohol overconsumption, loss of life, injury, and nuisance across the state.
  • According to California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), fatal DUI is a chronic, worsening problem for California.
  • The U.S. Community Preventive Services Task Force found that every 2-hour increase in last-call times results in greater vehicle crash injuries and E.R. admissions.
  • There is no such thing as "local control" in alcohol policy. The harm from one city's decision to change last-call times "splashes" over every surrounding community.
  • SB 58 will cost the state at least $3-4 million per year to administer, mitigate the harm, and clean the blood off the highway; and cost cities and towns in "Splash Zones" millions more.
  • According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), California already suffers over 10,500 alcohol-related deaths annually, $35 billion in total costs, and $14.5 billion in state costs.
  • SB 58 subsidizes and rewards late-night alcohol-sellers at tax-payer expense.

CAPA Member Organizations

  • Alcohol Justice
  • Alcohol-Narcotics Education Foundation of California
  • ADAPP, Inc.
  • ADAPT San Ramon Valley
  • Bay Area Community Resources
  • Behavioral Health Services, Inc.
  • CA Council on Alcohol Problems
  • CASA for Safe & Healthy Neighborhoods
  • Center for Human Development
  • Center for Open Recovery
  • DogPAC of San Francisco
  • Dolores Huerta Foundation
  • Eden Youth & Family Center
  • Institute for Public Strategies
  • FASD Network of Southern CA
  • FreeMUNI – SF
  • Friday Night Live Partnership
  • Koreatown Youth & Community Center
  • Laytonville Healthy Start
  • L.A. County Friday Night Live
  • L.A. Drug & Alcohol Policy Alliance
  • L.A. County Office of Education
  • Lutheran Office of Public Policy – CA
  • MFI Recovery Center
  • Mountain Communities Family Resource Center
  • National Asian Pacific American Families Against Substance Abuse
  • National Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence – Orange County
  • Partnership for a Positive Pomona
  • Paso por Paso, Inc.
  • Project SAFER
  • Pueblo y Salud
  • Reach Out
  • San Marcos Prevention Coalition
  • San Rafael Alcohol & Drug Coalition
  • SAY San Diego
  • Saving Lives Drug & Alcohol Coalition
  • South Orange County Coalition
  • Tarzana Treatment Centers, Inc.
  • The Wall Las Memorias Project
  • UCEPP Social Model Recovery Systems
  • Women Against Gun Violence
  • Youth For Justice


TAKE ACTION to STOP SB 58: https://bit.ly/2vuTUxF  or Text Justice to 313 131

READ MORE:
https://www.latimes.com/opinion/op-ed/la-oe-koretz-4am-bar-bill-20190426-story.html 
https://dailybruin.com/2019/04/18/risk-of-alcohol-related-incidents-outweighs-potential-benefits-of-proposed-bill/

CONTACT: Michael Scippa 415 548-0492
Jorge Castillo 213 840-3336
Alison Simard 213-473-7467

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