Support for LAist comes from
We Explain L.A.
Stay Connected

Share This

This is an archival story that predates current editorial management.

This archival content was written, edited, and published prior to LAist's acquisition by its current owner, Southern California Public Radio ("SCPR"). Content, such as language choice and subject matter, in archival articles therefore may not align with SCPR's current editorial standards. To learn more about those standards and why we make this distinction, please click here.


California Could Make It Bring Your Dog To Dinner Day, Every Day

Photo by Benjamin G. Levy via the LAist Featured Photos pool on Flickr
Before you
Dear reader, we're asking you to help us keep local news available for all. Your financial support keeps our stories free to read, instead of hidden behind paywalls. We believe when reliable local reporting is widely available, the entire community benefits. Thank you for investing in your neighborhood.

You might not have known that taking your dog to chill with you at your favorite neighborhood patio wasn't technically legal under state law, but the good news is that may soon change.Assembly Bill 1965 passed with only one dissenting vote from the California Assembly on Thursday, L.A. Times reports. That's right: 71 one yays, and one grumpy cat.

The bill, introduced by Assemblywoman Mariko Yamada, gives restaurants and cafes the ability to choose whether or not they want to allow pet dogs in their outdoor seating areas. The bill also specifies that local governments (city or county) could decide to say no to dogs on patios... but try saying no to that face!

Dog lovers in most of L.A. County should expect no changes to their favorite dog-friendly eateries. That's because in 2012, L.A. County made a similar policy change—though that change did not apply to Long Beach, Pasadena or Vernon.