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Community Rally to Protest State Senator Ricardo Lara’s Support of SB 905 -The Dangerous 4 a.m. Bar Bill Experiment



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LOS ANGELES, Calif., March 11, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — California Alcohol Policy Alliance (CAPA), Alcohol Justice and the Los Angeles Drug & Alcohol Policy Alliance have organized a community rally to protest State Senator Ricardo Lara (D- Bell Gardens) in response to his continued support and co-authorship of SB 905 to extend alcohol sales at bars, restaurants and clubs to 4 a.m. in Los Angeles. The bill will be heard in the Senate Governmental Organization Committee this coming Tuesday (3/13) in Sacramento. Senator Lara is a member of the committee. A number of his Huntington Park and Long Beach constituents will be present.

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WHAT: Protest Rally

WHEN: Monday, March 12, 2018, 12 p.m.

WHERE: Sen. Ricardo Lara’s Huntington Park District Office, 6550 Miles Ave., 2nd Floor Huntington Park, CA 90255

WHY:  

  • On the heels of failing to pass a 4 a.m. bar bill last year (SB 384), State Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), and State Senator Ricardo Lara (D- Bell Gardens), have introduced SB 905, a dangerous six-city, five-year experiment to extend last call hours until 4 a.m.
  • This bill, like three others that have failed in previous sessions, will spread alcohol overconsumption, loss of life, injury, and nuisance across the state
  • Fatal DUI is a chronic, worsening problem for California
  • The U.S. Community Preventive Services Task Force found that every 2-hour increase in last-call times results in greater vehicle crash injuries and E.R. admissions. (Hahn et al., 2010)
  • There is no such thing as “local control” in alcohol policy. The harm from one city’s decision to change last-call times “splashes” over to every surrounding community.
  • California already suffers over 10,500 alcohol-related deaths and $34 billion in costs annually
  • Senator Lara has accepted $62,171 in campaign finance contributions from beer, wine and liquor businesses. (followthemoney.org)

For more information:
Michael Scippa, Public Affairs Director, Alcohol Justice – (415) 548-0492  michaels@alcoholjustice.org 
Jorge Castillo, Advocacy Director, Alcohol Justice – (213) 840-3336 jorgec@alcoholjustice.org

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Community Rally to Protest State Senator Ricardo Lara’s Support of SB 905 -The Dangerous 4 a.m. Bar Bill Experiment