New proposal would extend bar hours in California past 2AM

Goal to help local cities compete for travelers

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - New state legislation could let the good times roll on in California past 2 a.m.

A new bill proposed by San Francisco state Senator Mark Leno would let cities and counties work with state to let bars and restaurants serve alcohol as late as 4 a.m.

The goal is to enable California cities to compete with New York, Chicago and Las Vegas, where closing time extends into the wee hours.

For law enforcement and some Bay-area residents, later hours could mean more late night headaches.

"People would be drinking too much and then they'd be driving, right? So, I think it would be too late and the noise. I just don't think it would be good for the community," said one resident.

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