Democratic Senator Mark Leno, representing the San Francisco area has introduced legislation, SB 635, which would give local communities across the state the option to expand the sale of alcohol by the extension of beverage service hours until 4 a.m.
This bill would allow the local governing body of a county or a city and county to apply to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to authorize, with or without conditions on the licensees within those jurisdictions, the selling, giving, delivering, or purchasing of alcoholic beverages at an on-sale licensed premises between the hours of 2 a.m. and 4 a.m., as provided. This bill would require the local governing body to notify specified persons of the application for additional hours and would provide a procedure for protest and hearing regarding the application. This act amends Section 25631 of, and to add Section 25634 to, the Business and Professions Code, relating to alcoholic beverages.
From Senator Leno’s web site “Social industries are critical to California’s local economies. According to a recent study, nightlife establishments in the City of San Francisco generated $4.2 billion in spending in 2010. They supported the city’s economy by drawing new visitors, employing 48,000 workers, purchasing more than $1.5 billion in goods and services from other local businesses, and generating $55 million in local tax revenue.”
SB 635 is supported by the California Restaurant Association, Golden Gate Restaurant Association, California Music and Culture Association, and San Francisco Council of District Merchants.
As of March 11, 2013 the Bill has been referred to the Standing Committee on Governmental Organization.
There is even a Facebook page promoting the SB 635
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