SAN FRANCISCO, June 18, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- California Alcohol Policy Alliance (CAPA), and Alcohol Justice, will release a timely new report on the statewide public health and safety threats of extending alcohol sales to 4 a.m. in California. The report will be released at a rally on the Capitol steps in Sacramento where groups and individuals will protest SB 905. The proposed bill would launch a dangerous seven-city, five-year experiment that could expose over 76% of California's population to increased alcohol-related harm. The bill will face a key committee vote on Thursday, June 28, 2018.
Mark B Horton, MD, MSPH, Health Leadership Consultant, Prior State Health Officer and Director, California Department of Public Health
Lynne Brown, Program Manager/Law Enforcement Liaison, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
Sarah Blanch, Director of the Westside Impact Coalition, Co-Chair of the Los Angeles Drug and Alcohol Policy Alliance (LADAPA).
Thomas Renfree, Deputy Director, Substance Use Disorder Services, County Behavioral Health Directors Association of California
Pamela Weller, recent graduate from the public health program at CSU-Dominguez Hills
Ramon Castellblanch, President, Quality Healthcare Concepts, Professor Emeritus, Health Education, San Francisco State
Gennesis Jerez, member Coalition to Prevent Alcohol–Related Harms in LA Metro (COPALM)
Carson Benowitz-Fredericks, Research Manager, Alcohol Justice
Sandy Logan, Prevention Coordinator, National Council on Alcohol & Drug Dependence (NCADD) of San Fernando Valley
Bruce Lee Livingston, Executive Director/CEO, Alcohol Justice
WHAT: Protest Rally on SB 905 (Wiener) – the 4 a.m. Bar Bill; Release of New Report The Late-Night Threat: Science, Harms, and Costs of Extending Bar Service Hours
WHEN: Wednesday, June 20, 2018 from 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. (Check-in 10:30 a.m. – Lunch 12 noon)
On the heels of failing to pass his 4 a.m. bar bill (SB 384) last year, State Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) introduced SB 905, a dangerous seven-city, five-year experiment to extend last call hours until 4 a.m.
This bill, like three others that have stalled out 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 every surrounding community.
California already suffers over 10,500 alcohol-related deaths and $34 billion in costs annually.
More information: Michael Scippa, Public Affairs Director, Alcohol Justice – (415) 548-0492 [email protected]