Last call in Fresno will remain 2 a.m.
After a public backlash, Mayor Jerry Dyer has withdrawn his city from a pilot project that would allow a limited number of California cities — including West Hollywood — to permit bars to stay open until 4 a.m., according to the Fresno Bee.
“I cannot let a divisive debate on this issue disrupt Fresno’s positive momentum on so many fronts — including our growing Downtown Fulton entertainment district, the small area that could have benefited under your bill,” Dyer wrote to Sen. Scott Wiener, whose bill would enable the later closing time.
“The hard truth is that the city of Fresno has some of the highest rates of drunk driving and DUIs in our nation. We just allocated more money in this year’s budget to hire additional officers focused on keeping our streets safe,” Councilmember Tyler Maxwell said. “It would be the wrong move for Fresno to usher in a policy that would not only incentivize reckless driving but also pull more officers away from neighborhoods.”
There were 11 DUI arrests in June in West Hollywood, according to the sheriff. Also in June, WeHo City Council approved a resolution in support of the legislation should it pass the Senate.
Only Mayor Lauren Meister and Mayor Pro Tem Sepi Shyne voted against the measure.
“I didn’t support it the first time this came around this council, and I don’t support it now,” Meister said. And I’m really tired of (West Hollywood) being a Petri dish for Scott Weiner and the State, and every little whim that they come up with.”