SJ extends bar and club hours to 3 a.m.

April 30, 2008 11:32:15 AM PDT
The San Jose City Council has approved a series of measures aimed at making the city's downtown more vibrant.

The council voted last night to let bars stay open an extra hour until 3 a.m., with no alcohol served after 2 a.m. to allow patrons time to sober up. The city is also expanding the number of sidewalk vendors who sell hot dogs and flowers, and will create a position in the City Manager's Office to oversee downtown issues.

The most controversial decision allows restaurants, and nightclubs with sidewalk cafes, to stay open until 2 a.m. Council members approved the later hours over the objections of Mayor Chuck Reed and the police chief, who said it would strain police resources.