SB-58 is a bill co-authored by Sen. Scott Wiener and Assemblymember Miguel Santiago which proposes extending the licensing hours from 2am to 4am in certain establishments in 10 cities across California.
Those cities are Los Angeles, Long Beach, West Hollywood, San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, Palm Springs, Coachella, Cathedral City, and Fresno.
After being vetoed by outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown in 2018, SB-58 returned and unanimously passed the Senate Appropriations Committee in April. Should it be approved by the new Gov. Gavin Newsom, the participating cities will implement a five-year pilot program from 2022 to 2027.
You can read the bill text here.
Los Angeles is one of the world’s major nightlife culture hubs, but the 2am last call is stifling its development and keeping some of its most dynamic culture in underground and DIY spaces.
"Nightlife is a key petri dish for culture. Fashion, music, art all combine through nightlife, and often these combinations happen after 2 a.m."
— Guy Gerber, L.A.-based DJ behind pop-up event Rumors
Everyone from the cities and state, venue owners and promoters, performers and staff stand to generate more revenue. Given that NYC's nightlife economy is valued at $35 billion and SF's is $6 billion, LA nightlife's economic and job creating potential is enormous.
"The nighttime economy supports hundreds of thousands of jobs that are accessible to people without a college degree. We should embrace that."
— Sen Scott Wiener to Los Angeles Times in 2017
Tourists love to get down! If LA harnesses its potential as a nightlife capital, the tourism industry will see a significant boost. Cities like Amsterdam and Berlin have proactively nurtured nightlife tourism to great economic effect, and in turn reshaped their international brand.
Later closing times greatly improve the flow of people leaving establishments, thus reducing the risk of violent crime. 4am closing times could also see more promoters move away from risky, unpermitted spaces in favor of legitimate venues. See case study below to learn how Amsterdam extended licensing and reduced violent crime.
The Dutch capital started introducing 24hr licenses to venues in 2013, and subsequently saw a 30% reduction in violent crime in the city center.
All of the venues were "mixed use", which resulted in more diversified business models than conventional venues, and all had cultural performance rather than revenue at their core.
De School in particular is a club, live venue, exhibition space, restaurant, cafe, gym and co-working space, making it far more accessible and friendly to the surrounding community than a traditional nightclub.
Housed in a former technical college, De School is open 7 days a week, and is considered by some nightlife culture advocates to be a successful model for sustainable cultural spaces.
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