Proposed CA bill could allow Fresno bars to sell alcohol until 4 a.m.

FRESNO, California (KFSN) – Senate Bill 930 would allow seven cities across the state to enter a pilot program, experiencing a break of 4 a.m. for alcohol sales in restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

Cities: San Francisco, Oakland, West Hollywood, Palm Springs, Fresno, Coachella and Cathedral City.

Senator Scott Weiner has tried to pass the bill in the past, but says now he believes it is the right time.

“Our bars, nightclubs and restaurants have been decimated by the pandemic, so many of them have closed. Those that are still open often hang from their nails,” Weiner said.

He says cities may not have extended their nightlife due to the law at 2am.

But there are some concerns.

“Our most dangerous moments about driving with a disability are those hours after the alcohol has stopped,” said Natasha Thomas, executive director of the Northern California Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD).

MADD has opposed the bill in the past and is no different this time.

“We just do not see the benefit of having something that is a pilot project when we know we are already facing disaster and tragedy on our streets as we speak right now,” Thomas said.

Weiner says the bill only allows pilot cities, and each city can set its own rules and regulations regarding the 4 a.m. cut.

Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer has asked to be included in the pilot program to keep options open. This does not mean that the city will adopt the new hour, but his office says that he would like the city to have the opportunity to choose.

The pilot project will last five years. In the end, lawmakers would evaluate and decide whether to extend or repeal it.

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