As the city of Los Angeles continues to expand and grow in multiple ways, the nightlife industry is on a big climb. What seems to be adding to this fuel is the fact that the city may push the alcohol curfew past 2am.
Currently, Angelenos have to rush around the city to get their last call in making it hard from bar and club owners to increase their revenue. But with the LA hurting for money (CA I has been struggling for sometime), city officials have been talking about extending the curfew to past 2a.m.
The big concern is if there will be extra costs incurred for police who may have to deal with more problems because of pushing back the drinking curfew. Analysts are studying the numbers to see which makes more “cents”.
But that is not the only problem LA nightlife and nightclub owners need to address. More importantly they will need to deal with concerned parents that their kids (who may be of legal age) will get into big trouble (and possibly death).
But many are pointing to the city of Las Vegas and how they have been able to keep everything well organized. And with events like Electric Daisy Carnival moving to Vegas and Los Angeles losing all of that juicy revenue, people want to make sure they don’t make the same mistake.
“It’s a tough call”, says Sarah Jones managing editor of LA Loves EDM nightlife section, one of the major sites that covers nightlife in Los Angeles. “You have lots and pros and cons as to why people should or shouldn’t extend the curfew and of course, everyone has a bias since they are all seeing things from different points of view.”
In a recent article posted on the LA Times, state Senator Mark Leno states:
"This legislation would allow destination cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego to start local conversations about the possibility of expanding night life and the benefits it could provide the community by boosting jobs, tourism and local tax revenue,''
Many of the major nightclubs in Los Angeles are spending big money to bring out big DJ’s for their venues and are competing with giant clubs in Vegas. Alcohol plays a vital role in helping these venues to not only recover the costs but also profit.
Some nightclubs and venue owners would argue that they are not even profiting due to the exuberant fees associated with these DJ’s, taxes, payroll, and so on.
Time will only tell how this all pans out as both sides of the argument are making strong points. LA was never really build in the same way Vegas was designed and it would put a lot of pressure on city ordinances to manage the extra riff raff that comes with extending nightlife curfews.
If you have an opinion on the matter make cure to contact your local city officials and let them know how you feel. Discussions are being had and now is the time to make your voice heard.