The third iteration of a bill aiming to extend last call for bars and restaurants from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. is again raising the concern of at least one Alameda County supervisor.
Versions of San Francisco State Sen. Scott Wiener’s Last Call bill failed to advance from the committee stage in 2017, but was approved by the Legislature last fall before being vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Senate Bill 58 re-imagines the bill as a pilot program for several large cities in the state, including Oakland.
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors’ Personnel, Administration, and Legislation (PAL) Committee offered official opposition to Wiener’s bill last year.
Alameda County Supervisor Nate Miley would like the PAL Committee to register similar push back this time around. “I would strongly like us to take opposition again,” Miley told county staff at Tuesday’s board meeting.
“There’s nothing good that can come with serving alcohol at commercial establishment after 2 o’clock in the morning, even if it’s just for some pilot cities,” Miley added.
The proposed bill recommends a five-year pilot program that includes, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Sacramento, West Hollywood, Long Beach, Coachella, Palm Springs, Cathedral City, and Oakland. If signed into law, the pilot program would start in January 2022.
“People won’t stop at the border of their city,” said Miley. “They drive everywhere and can cause accidents.” Miley is not swayed either by arguments that economic benefits will be derived by extending last call to 4 a.m., he added.
Miley’s District 4 supervisorial seat includes East Oakland, Castro Valley, Ashland, Fairview, Cherryland, in addition, to Pleasanton.
The likelihood of Wiener’s bill passing during this legislative cycle is bolstered by new Gov. Gavin Newson, himself a restauranteurs who may view the extension of hours more kindly than Brown.
“I’m not sure what Gov. Newsom will do,” said Miley, “but I think we should take major opposition to that.”