Eyewitness This: California moves closer to extending last call in some cities, study says sunscreens fail new standards, new bill would push back high school start times

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Eyewitness This: Calif. moves closer to extending last call, study says sunscreens fail, new bill would push back school start times
Here are some stories to start your day. California has moved to closer to extending last call at bars and restaurants in some cities. A study says most sunscreens do not meet new FDA standards. And a new bill would push back start times at California high schools to at least 8:30 a.m.

Last call at 4 a.m.?

The state senate in Sacramento has approved a bill that allows 10 California cities, including Los Angeles, West Hollywood and Long Beach, to extend last call at bars until 4 a.m.

The measure now goes to the Assembly.

The bill is not only controversial but also complicated because it would allow cities to extend hours to just certain neighborhoods or streets, only to certain nights of the week, or only to a few nights per year.

High school start times

A landmark bill that would push back school start times has been passed by the California state Senate.

State Sen. Anthony Portantino's bill will require California high schools to start no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

Significant research shows students are better rested and thrive in school when start times are later in the morning.

School districts that have moved their start times later have seen increases in attendance, academic performance and graduation rates.

Sunscreen's effectiveness

With summer just around the corner, new research suggests most sunscreens would fail the new standards proposed by the FDA.

The Environmental Working Group says nearly two-thirds of sunscreens on the market probably don't do the job -- and are likely unsafe.

The group says some sunscreens contain oxybenzone, a chemical linked to hormone changes in men and shorter pregnancies for women.