California Alcohol Policy Alliance

There's a new and exciting movement in California to fight for reducing alcohol harm.

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California Alcohol Policy Alliance
will unite hundreds of organizations to reform our state's alcohol policies. In 2016, we were successful in passing two bills to ban powdered alcohol and keep it off California's shelves and streets. This year, we are calling for changes in ABC and beyond that will positively impact our communities. Join us and take action.



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Thanks to your efforts, Gov. Brown had VETOED SB 905.

and the Governor put Big Alcohol's dangerous idea back to bed.

California Legislative Positions

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California Opioid Legislation

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Featured Publications



Science, Harms and Costs of Extending Bar Service Hours
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SB 905, Alcohol-Related Crashes, and Sen. Wiener's Junk Science
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CAPA 2nd Annual Summit A SUCCESS

Over 100 alcohol prevention allies from across the state gathered in Los Angeles on September 18th for the 2nd Annual CAPA Summit to celebrate their victory over the 4 am Bar Bill and plan for the coming year.  We were joined by keynote speaker, Jacob Appelsmith, Director of Alcoholic Beverage Control, and LA City Council Member Paul Koretz.  Alcohol Prevention Heroes honored included Assembly Member Raul Bocanegra (D-39). ABC PIO John Carr, Lynne Goodwin of Friday Night Live Partnership and Jaime Rich of Center for Human Development.

Thanks to all who made the day one of spirit and energy -- we look making CAPA even stronger in the year to come.

ABC Connection

2017 February ABC Stakeholders Meeting

CAPA members take ABC Stakeholders' Meeting in Sacramento by storm. Wednesday, 2/8/17. From left to right: Helena Williams (ABC), Jim Kooler (CAPA), Sara Cooley (CAPA), Kathy Barnes (ABC), John Carr (ABC), Patty Hoyt (CAPA), Scott Chipman (CAPA), Kathy Lippitt (CAPA), Bruce Livingston (CAPA), Jaime Rich (CAPA), Brenda Simmons (CAPA).  Not pictured: Kim O'Neil, Fred Jones, Mike Scippa.

Interested in ABC's budget and plans for 2017? Click here for the slideshow presented at the meeting.pdf

CAPA is deeply concerned about the problems with California's Alcohol Beverage Control agency.
The Sacramento Bee: Number of California alcohol cops drops as industry grows


Victories - Palcohol Ban


CA State Assembly Member Jaquin Irwin receives an award from the California Alcohol Policy Alliance
CAPA members presented Assembly Member Jacqui Iriwn (D-Camarillo) with the CAPA Alcohol Prevention Hero award at her district office in mid December. Assembly Member Irwin was honored for her work on the Powdered Alcohol ban, which passed last year, and continued leadership in alcohol policy. Pictured with the Assembly Member are Kim O'Neil of Project SAFER, CAPA Steering Committee member, and Sara Cooley of Alcohol Justice.

California's ban on powdered alcohol took effect January 1, 2017
Thank you for your hard work!

pdfAB 1554 (Irwin, D-Thousand Oaks)
pdfAB 1554 Fact Sheet
pdfSB 819 (Huff, R-San Dimas)

pdfAlcohol Justice Press Release

2018 CAPA Summit - Save The Date!

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CAPA Summit

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Mission & Platform

The California Alcohol Policy Alliance (CAPA) shall unite diverse organizations and communities in California to protect health and safety, and prevent alcohol-related harm through statewide action.

Member Organizations

Alcohol Justice
Alcohol-Narcotic Education Foundation
ADAPT- San Ramon
Bay Area Community Resources
Behavioral Health Services, Inc.
CA Council on Alcohol Problems
Center for Human Development
Center for Open Recovery
Eden Youth and Family Center
Institute for Public Strategies
FASD Network of Southern CA
Friday Night Live Partnership
Koreatown Youth and Community Center
L.A. County Friday Night Live
L.A. Drug & Alcohol Policy Alliance
Laytonville Healthy Start
Lutheran Office of Public Policy – California
MFI Recovery Center
Mountain Communities Family Resource Center
Partnership for a Positive Pomona
Paso por Paso, Inc.
Project SAFER
Pueblo y Salud
Reach Out
San Marcos Prevention Coalition
San Rafael Alcohol & Drug Coalition
Santee Solutions
SAY San Diego
Saving Lives Drug & Alcohol Coalition
South Orange County Coalition
Tarzana Treatment Centers, Inc.
The Wall Las Memorias Project
UCEPP Social Model Recovery Systems
Women Against Gun Violence
Youth for Justice

CAPA By The Numbers

CAPA has been busy this legislative season.  Now that the 2017 legislative year has come to a close, take a look at all the statewide action we've made happen. 
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CAPA in the News

news imageBetween December and February 2016, news reports mentioning CAPA reached 177,849,252 readers internationally.

L.A. Could See Legal After-Hours Alcohol at Bars and Clubs Under New Proposal
LA Weekly, November 29, 2017

WeHo May Become One of Six Cities Where Bars Can Pour Until Four

WeHoville, November 29, 2017

Will Sacramento bars stay open until 4 a.m.? They have that option if bill passes

Sacramento Bee, November 28, 2017

California Bill To Extend Last Call Fails In Committee
CBS Los Angeles, September 1, 2017

Hold your horses! Possible 1935 CA booze law change faces LA fight
My News LA, August 31, 2017

Extend California's last call to 4 a.m.? Some say no
FOX 11 LA, August31, 2017

Another Crucial Vote for a 4 a.m. Last Call Goes Up Tomorrow in the CA State Assembly
LA Eater, August 31, 2017

What Would A 4 A.M. Last Call Look Like In Los Angeles?
LAist, August 30, 2017

Opposition Rises Against Bill to Allow Later Last Call Times
City News Service, August 31, 2017

Alliance rallies against bill allowing later bar hours
San Diego Uptown News, August 25, 2017

Public safety groups want to cut off bill to allow California bars to serve until 4 a.m.
San Diego Union Tribune, August 22, 2017

4 a.m. last call proposal gets some L.A. love "but not everyone is toasting the legislation"
L.A. Weekly, August 21, 2017

With vote looming, supporters of bill to extend last call make case to L.A.
CBS-TV, Channel 2, KCAL 9, Los Angeles, August 18, 2017

My Thoughts: Pitfalls of a bill that extends the hours of alcohol sales
The Daily Independent, August 5, 2017

Late-call bar bill raises concern about public safety
Marin Independent Journal, July 7, 2017

4 a.m. bar bill blows local control smoke
San Francisco Examiner, July 4, 2017

Nightlife bill advances to state Assembly
San Francisco Chronicle, June 1, 2017

Proposal To Sell Booze Til 4 A.M. Clears CA Senate Committee
SFist, May 30, 2017

4 a.m. Last Call Proposal Has a Shot
LA Weekly, May 26, 2017

City Hall: Alcohol Kills, Isn't Anybody Listening?
City Watch, May 22, 2017

Later bar closings? LA's South Bay says no
Daily Breeze, May 20, 2017

San Diegans say later bar hours = public safety risk
San Diego Union Tribune, April 19, 2017

Senator Wiener Proposes Extending Bar Hours
Capitol Public Radio, Sacramento, California, March 14, 2017

Reader says extending bar hours would create additional dangerspdf 
Lodi New Sentinel, February 27, 2017

California bill would extend late-night drinking hours to 4 a.m.pdf 
Pasadena Star News, February 21, 2017

Don't let our schools turn into alcohol companies:
"UC Davis dumped barrels of wine each year. Now it might sell for $80 a bottle" The Sacramento Bee, January 1, 2017.

Reject "bangs and a buzz"; no liquor in CA hair salons:
"Californians to say 'cheers' at hair salons in 2017" The Daily Mail, December 29, 2016

CA Public Health Advocates Hopeful About ABC Changespdf
CAPA Press Release, September 7, 2016

Jorge Castillo to Deliver Keynote Address on CAPA at the San Diego Alcohol Policy Panel 
CAPA Announcement, April 15, 2016

CAPA 2016 Youth Advocacy Day - In support of AB 1554 - to ban powdered alcohol in California
CAPA Announcement, March 29, 2016