Fresno drops out of pilot project letting bars open till 4 a.m. Will WeHo follow suit?

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After a public backlash, Mayor Jerry Dyer has withdrawn his city from a pilot project that would allow a limited number of California cities — including West Hollywood — to permit bars to stay open until 4 a.m.,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.” 

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Stuart Foxx
Stuart Foxx
3 months ago

Whose quote is that?

WeHoRay
WeHoRay
3 months ago

Bars open until 4am is stupid and reckless. Period.

David
David
3 months ago

I would guess most of the people who actually both live and vote in West Hollywood would vote against a 4:00am closing. Councilmembers should think about this outcome.

And let’s face it, if Fresno thinks it’s a bad idea, well….

Last edited 3 months ago by David
West
West
3 months ago

Lauren Meister is spot on here

JF1
JF1
3 months ago
Reply to  West

She sure the hell is.

C.R.
C.R.
3 months ago

Fresno isn’t exactly a destination for nightlife, and is an odd comparison to West Hollywood culture. This move isn’t exactly surprising. I can see we’re going to keep getting as much mileage out of this “issue” as possible here because it keeps the NIMBYs buzzing.

JF1
JF1
3 months ago
Reply to  C.R.

That’s a go-to (declaring NIMBY) to dismiss real, legitimate concerns about quality of life issues and the cost of life with the increased hours.

C. R.
C. R.
3 months ago
Reply to  JF1

The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. That’s an expression that applies to the control that a small amount of NIMBYs exert in any given location over the majority of people. I know you will say that this particular “issue” has nothing to do with a need, but if the demand is there, well then it’s a need. The amount of actual people who would support being able to drink in bars during later hours is going to greatly outnumber the NIMBYs opposed to allowing them to. So the majority should be served. Whether those are… Read more »

Brains
Brains
3 months ago
Reply to  C. R.

When “brains”were being handed out, a majority of folks didn’t get in line. They thought the line was for “trains”. 🙄Too busy cocktailing!🤣

C. R.
C. R.
3 months ago
Reply to  Brains

That may be, but stupid people perpetually have plenty of money to spend in West Hollywood. And it’s predominantly going to be in the bars, most brick and mortar retail isn’t a practicality anymore.

Randy
Randy
3 months ago
Reply to  C. R.

I agree w/you. There are other cities in the nation that allow bar closures late into the morning (hello, Las Vegas). I also moved here in the late 90’s, and I expected this to be a nightlife hub. I lived on Larrabee for 5 years, and I knew what I was moving into. DUI’s concern me, for sure. But people have transportation options that doesn’t involve self-driving.

Alan Strasburg
Alan Strasburg
3 months ago

Seems like Fresno has adults in charge of sound municipal governance.

Pox on Weho
Pox on Weho
3 months ago

This little fiefdom is for the pleasure and at the pleasure of the three and one half reprobates on city council. Folks with no life experience or integrity playing government to make careers for themselves. Social Justice hipness! Wise up residents and exterminate this pox on West Hollywood or it will never recover.

Joel Roberts
3 months ago
Reply to  Pox on Weho

Why don’t the good people of WeHo organize a protest to stop the bars from opening up at 4! Instead of complaining get organized and protest on city hall!!! Don’t stop demand action.

Frustrated
Frustrated
3 months ago
Reply to  Joel Roberts

Too many people who post here are just venting, complaining, etc. They don’t comment at City Council meetings. They don’t do anything except bitch and moan. Nothing gets done.

JF1
JF1
3 months ago

If they listen to the residents they’ll drop it like Fresno.

L. Helmsley
L. Helmsley
3 months ago

Jeez, they didn’t allocate more funds to hire Block by Block to help keep the streets safe?

Last edited 3 months ago by L. Helmsley
Way Too Critical
Way Too Critical
3 months ago

Well said…West Hollywood a Petri dish of whims!

Randy
Randy
3 months ago

You mean, if they listen to commenters on WeHoville? I think the city should do an outreach statement to residents. Then we can see where we truly are.

michaelz
michaelz
3 months ago

THIS IS INSANE 111111

The Correct Choice
The Correct Choice
3 months ago

It should not require an act of “deep political courage” for the remaining council members to align with Mayor Meister as it is simply the correct choice. The negative possibilities outweigh any excess revenue of a 2 hour window from 2:00 am to 4:00 am for business interests putting them ahead of the resident’s safety and quality of life.

JF1
JF1
3 months ago

The only reason to extend another two hours is for more $$$$$$$ That will benefit a small amount of businesses within the city and end up costing more lives and eroding our quality of life even further.

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
3 months ago
Reply to  JF1

Some of the bars have indicated that the costs associated with staying open consistently until 4 a.m. outweigh the economic benefits. It was odd that the City Council did not ask the Sheriff how extending the hours on a regular basis would impact patrolling, given that we have cut four deputies.

Scott Weiner should resign and run for City Council as he seems to be so anxious to dictate policy to California’s municipalities.

C.R.
C.R.
3 months ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

Weiner isn’t “dictating policy,” he’s giving cities, business owners and citizens more options and more freedom. They are not forced to accept anything, this wouldn’t mandate bars keep serving people until 4 am if they don’t want to.

Steve Martin
Steve Martin
3 months ago
Reply to  C.R.

Certainly on this issue you are correct, Weiner is providing options; on land use issues he is quick to dictate from the ivory tower.

Logic?
Logic?
3 months ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

The City Council asking the sheriff about relevant particulars? That would require logic and logistics of which there is an interminable void on the dais. They’re in the toy department with degrees in personal grievance. 🙄

Stuart Foxx
Stuart Foxx
3 months ago
Reply to  Steve Martin

Mr. Martin,

You know this doesn’t take effect until 1 Jan 2025. Four sheriffs are not gone yet and things could change, including our crime waves.

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