San Diego County law enforcement officials oppose bars staying open later
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego County Police Chiefs’ and Sheriff’s Association is opposed to extending hours of alcohol sales from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. in several California cities, with a warning to state lawmakers about the harm it would cause to public health and safety.
SB 58 would allow the cities of San Francisco, Oakland, Los Angeles, Sacramento, West Hollywood, Long Beach, Coachella, Cathedral City, Fresno and Palm Springs to extend last call hours from the current 2 a.m. to 4 a.m.
The association sent a letter to the California Senate expressing its deep concern and requesting that Senate Bill 58 not become law. Chula Vista Police Chief Roxana Kennedy is vice president of the association.
“This is concerning to us in Chula Vista and throughout the South Bay,” Kennedy said. “It will have regional consequences for areas that are within driving distance of the cities where the bars stay open later.”
Lead author of SB 28 said after the bill passed a committee that its “first step toward better nightlife in California.”