The Planning Commission reached a reasonable compromise with the owners of Santa Monica Place last week, allowing a handful of restaurants on the third floor dining deck to sell alcohol on outdoor patios until 1:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday nights and 12:30 a.m. every other weekday (previously last call for outdoor diners was 11:30 p.m.).
Originally the owners of the mall wanted to go to 2 a.m. every day, and if the mall was located far from apartments and hotels, we’d be fine with that. After all, booze is a big part of creating a night life in Downtown, something that is just starting to resurface after a decade or so of absence.
But the mall isn’t located in an industrial area. The City Council has created policies to encourage mixed-use residential development Downtown, and with that comes residents — actual people who have jobs and kids and need to get a good night’s sleep.
The new rules approved by the commission are fair and take into account everyone’s needs. No one was totally satisfied, and as they say, that’s the sign of a great compromise. Now the ball is in the City Council’s court and we hope the body listens to the commissioners and approves the change.
Drink up, but be respectful.