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Brown Vetoes Bill Allowing Alcohol Sales Until 4 a.m.

The bill would have allowed extended alcohol service hours in nine cities, including Los Angeles

California Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a bill that would have allowed bars in some cities to serve alcohol until 4 a.m.

Los Angeles, Oakland and San Francisco were among the nine cities included in the proposed legislation that would have established a pilot program for allowing bars to extend their hours past 2 a.m. West Hollywood and Long Beach would also have been included in the program.

"I believe we have enough mischief from midnight to 2 without adding two more hours of mayhem," Brown said in a statement.

He added that the California Highway Patrol believes the increased drinking hours would lead to more drunk driving.

State Senator Scott Weiner, who introduced the legislation, said the bill would "have a profound positive impact on a local economy, generating direct tax revenues, and growing public funds through revitalized business districts, and increased tourism."

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