Assemblyman Tom Lackey joins health and safety advocates in opposing SB 930

SACRAMENTO, Calif., August 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Assembly Member Tom Lackey (R-Palmdale) will join health and safety advocates from Alcohol Justice, the California Alcohol Policy Alliance (CAPA), and the Friday Night Live Partnership at a Capitol press event to oppose California SB 930. The “gut & amend” bill, drafted by the senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and Assemblyman Mark Haney (D-San Francisco), is the 5e attempt since 2013 to disrupt the protections of California uniform statewide last call.

The SB 930 would extend the closing hours of retailers on sale from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. under a dangerous “pilot program”. The experiment would take place in 6 cities: San Francisco, Oakland, West Hollywood, cathedral city, Coachellaand Palm Springs. Fresno was originally on 7e city ​​in the pilot program but asked to be removed from the bill due to opposition from Fresno city ​​leaders.

What: Press conference
When: Wednesday, August 10, 2022 12:00 p.m.
Where: “Traffic Circle” – The Library & Courts Building, 914 Capitol Mall, Sacramento, California 95814
Who:

  • Tom Lackey, California Member of Assembly (District 36)
  • John Lovell, California College and university police chiefs
  • Cruz AvilaManaging Director, Alcohol Justice
  • Carson Benowitz-FredericksMSPH, CHES, Research Director, Alcohol Justice
  • Kelly GoodwinFriday Night Live Partnership (tentative)
  • Fred JonesCalifornia Council on Alcohol Problems, California Alcohol Policy Alliance (CAPA)

Why:

There is no “local control” when it comes to alcohol because the danger, harm, and cost will not stay in the “pilot project cities” where alcohol consumption and economic benefits occur. If the bill becomes law, all communities surrounding the pilot project towns will be threatened by late-night drinkers traveling drunk and tired until the early morning commute hours.

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), California currently suffers more annual alcohol-related harm than any other state: 11,000 alcohol-related deaths, $35 billion in total costs, $18.5 billion at state expense. The CDC also identifies maintaining existing last-call hours as one of 10 key policies to reduce the harms of reckless drinking and alcohol-related deaths in motor vehicles.

Opposition to SB 930 is growing across the state. Last week, the Los Angeles City Council passed an opposition resolution and the powerful Los Angeles County Democratic Party (LACDP) came out against SB 930 in a letter dated June 27, 2022. The Fresno City Council will vote on an opposition resolution this week.

SB 930:

  • Is a poorly designed and insufficiently funded pilot project
  • Removes uniform statewide protections 2am last call
  • At least costs the state $3-4 million per year to administer, mitigate damage and clean up highway blood; costs millions more to towns and villages in “Splash Zones”
  • Disregards 40 years of peer-reviewed public health research on the dangers of extending the last call
  • Ignores the current annual alcohol damage disaster in California
  • Uses the false narrative of the COVID economic recovery to subsidize and reward late-night liquor vendors at government and taxpayer expense

Alcohol Justice encourages the public to ACT to STOP SB 930: Text JUSTICE to 313131 or visit: https://alcoholjustice.org/take-action/stop-sb-930-no-late-last-calls-in- ca-not-now-not-never

CONTACT:

Jorge Castillo 213 840-3336


Michel Scippa 415 548-0492



SOURCE Alcohol Justice; California Alcohol Policy Alliance

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