Lawmakers could use a stiff drink 

State Sen. Mark Leno’s reasonable proposal to let cities extend their bar hours until 4 a.m. was killed without even making it out of committee. His critics had levied dire warnings about waves of drunkards all hitting the streets at 4 a.m. But that’s precisely what Leno’s proposal would help prevent.

Evidently, California’s modern-day temperance advocates haven’t ever patronized a crowded English pub at 10:30 p.m. If ever there were a causal link between closing time and drunken mayhem, it is the one that accompanies England’s early pub-closing hour. Once last call arrives, everyone guzzles a final pint before spilling out into the streets and squares. That’s when the real fun begins.

Before trying again, perhaps Leno should take his colleagues on a pub crawl.

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