Good news for night owls: A bill has been proposed into the California state legislation that would allow bars, clubs, restaurants, and other watering holes to serve alcohol until 4 a.m., instead of the current 2 a.m. State senator Mark Leno proposed the bill, which would require city and county officials to petition the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control for the extended service.
Cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego are expected to benefit the most financially, and perhaps psychologically too, since the bill would finally put California cities on footing with legendarily late-night towns like New York, Miami, and Las Vegas.
Leno foresees concerns to be raised about drunk driving, late-night noise, and other issues that would arise from an additional two hours of boozing, but he focuses on the upside. "The bill offers cities an opportunity to create jobs, expand business and increase tax revenue," he says.
And then there's this: A member of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce told the Chronicle that he thinks the influx of young tech people in the city is creating demand for more late-night options -- so perhaps locals have to thank that much-maligned group for something besides driving up rents?