West Hollywood is known to be the local hot spot for bar-hopping and late night fun. This past Monday night, the WeHo City Council voted in a 3-2 win to extend the city’s last call time, which will allow bars to extend it from 2A.M. to 4A.M. The measure still needs to be approved by the state.
“I know we always say, look, if you go live by the Rainbow District, then you already knew what you were buying into. But what you were buying into was a 2A.M. closing time,” said WeHo Mayor Pro Tempore Sepi Shyne, who voted against the resolution. “We already have issues of safety; we have nightlife safety that we’re trying to figure.”
Our legislation allowing, but not requiring, 7 pilot cities to extend their nightlife to 4 am just passed a key committee in the Assembly.
SB 930 authorizes Oakland, San Francisco, West Hollywood, Palm Springs, Fresno, Coachella & Cathedral City to extend nightlife hours.
— Senator Scott Wiener (@Scott_Wiener) June 22, 2022
If it passes, it would be up to local municipalities mentioned in the above tweet whether to truly implement it or not. The program includes bars, restaurants, and nightclubs. It gives these cities options like extending hours on certain nights and areas. Participating cities will also have to create their own public safety and transportation plan.
Council-member John Erickson who voted in favor of the measure Monday night stated, “I do support it in this stage because, again, we’re not opening bars until 4A.M. It’s just saying that if [the bill] does pass, we have that authority to do it [then].”
It is now up to the state give to West Hollywood the full green light. Looks like our late nights (might) be getting longer. Remember to please drink responsibly. You can find the full Metro schedule here.
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