4 a.m. Bar Bill Draws Opposition in Sacramento
Key Vote Tuesday in Senate GO Committee on Senator Leno's SB 635
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., April 22, 2013
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., April 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Alcohol Justice,
and the statewide Coalition to Stop Leno's 4 a.m. Bar Bill, are asking people
to call the Senate Governmental Organization (GO) Committee today with the
simple message to stop the dangerous public health and safety policy that will
result in California if bars, restaurants and nightclubs are able to continue
selling alcohol from 2-4 a.m.
"Law enforcement in California will see more highway deaths and more homicides
if this 4 a.m. bar bill passes," stated Jorge Castillo, Advocacy Director at
Alcohol Justice. "SB 635 would be good for bars, and restaurants but terrible
for taxpayers and neighbors."
The bill, authored by Senator Mark Leno, a respected public health leader up
to now, will be voted on in Senate GO Committee tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m.
Opponents believe SB 635 is a misguided bill that will only benefit bar &
restaurant owners. If it passes, it will create a dangerous new public policy
that will threaten health and safety throughout California.
In an ACTION ALERT sent out today, California voters were asked to call Senate
GO Committee Chair Roderick Wright at 916-651-1530 with the message to stop
the bad public policy because California already suffers $38.4 billion in
alcohol-related harm every year, with 10,000 lives lost and hundreds of
thousands of additional injuries. In addition, SB 635 provides no extra money
to help police, fire, EMS and emergency room staff to clean up the extra harm
that two more hours of alcohol consumption will cause.
"Senate Bill635 is a wrong idea for our community and for California," stated
Richard Zaldivar, Executive Director and President of L.A-based The Wall Las
Memorias. "We should not compromise our public safety, public health and the
well-being of Californians for the sake of increasing alcohol sales."
The 1,400-member California Police Chiefs Association announced a strong
position against passage of the bill. In an open letter to Senator Leno,
Association Government Relations Manager John Lovell sited a number of
concerns: unintended consequences, quality of life deterioration for adjacent
neighborhoods, drinkers driving from areas where bars close earlier to bars
with later last calls, late night drinkers sharing the road with early morning
commuters, increased DUI accidents and fatalities, and limited budgets and
personnel to deal effectively with the extra service calls.
The U.S. Community Prevention Services Task Force, chaired by Jonathan
Fielding, Director of Public Health and Health Officer for Los Angeles County,
in 2010 recommended to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
that extending hours of service is not recommended. Task Force evidence showed
that two more hours of alcohol sales will nearly double alcohol-related
violence, crime, police calls, emergency room visits, etc.
"The only sane people supportingSB 635 are undertakers and ambulance
drivers," stated Leonard Buschel, Founder of the REEL Recovery Film Festival.
"If this passes it will be known as the 'Bill of Death', while the streets of
Los Angeles at 4 a.m. will look like a rerun of Demolition Derby."
"The political influence of the restaurant and bar side of the alcohol
industry is the only thing that can get this dangerous bill out of committee,"
stated Bruce Lee Livingston, Executive Director / CEO of Alcohol Justice. "The
bar tab for SB 635 will be on the taxpayers for first responders like the
police, sheriffs, emergency transport, and California Highway Patrol. Unless
bars, restaurants and Big Alcohol corporations like Anheuser-Busch InBev and
MillerCoors are fully charged for the harm they will cause for more binge
drinking, we will continue to oppose Senator Leno's 4 a.m. bar bill."
The California public is being urged to call Senate GO Committee Chair
Roderick Wright today at 916-651-1530 and tell him to Stop Leno's 4 a.m. Bar
Statewide Coalition Members include:
Asian American Drug Abuse Program (AADAP)
Ban Billboard Blight
Bay Area Community Resources (BACR)
County Alcohol & Drug Program Administrators Association of California
California Council on Alcohol Problems (CALCAP)
California Narcotic Officers Association
California Police Chiefs Association
Friday Night Live
Institute for Public Strategies
Lutheran Office of Public Policy California
Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca
Los Angeles City Council Member Bernard Parks
Metro United Methodist Urban Ministry
P3 Partnership for a Positive Pomona
Paso Por Paso, Inc.
Pueblo Y Salud, Inc.
People Reaching Out
Social Model Recovery Systems
The Wall – Las Memorias Project
Women Against Gun Violence
Writers In Treatment
Youth Leadership Institute (YLI)
For More Information: STOP Leno's 4 a.m. Bar Bill
CONTACT: Michael Scippa 415 548-0492
Jorge Castillo 213 840-3336
SOURCE Alcohol Justice
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