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June 7, 2016 — Elecciones Primarias de California

Limiing Card RoomsOrdinance

June 7, 2016Elecciones Primarias de California

City of Antioch
Measure E Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

12,080 votos si (66.81%)

6,002 votos no (33.19%)

  • 100% de distritos activos (49/49).
  • 278,127 boletas electorales serán contadas.

Shall the electors adopt the Initiative Limiting Card Rooms Within the City and Requiring Voter Approval for New or Expanded Card Rooms Ordinance?

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

CITY COUNSEL’S IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE E   Since 2011, Antioch has had an ordinance regulating the number and location of card rooms that may operate in the city. This ordinance was significantly revised in 2015.   Measure E would amend the city’s card-room ordinance in various ways. Most significant, the current ordinance allows up to two card rooms to exist within the city at one time.   Measure E would change this limitation to allow only the number of card rooms that existed on Sept. 1, 2015. Since only one card room existed as of that date, Measure E would effectively prohibit there from ever being more than one card room within the city.   Measure E would also require that city voter approval also be obtained for any new card-room or expansion of an existing card room.   Measure E would prohibit card rooms from being located within 1,000 feet of another card room or within 1,000 feet of any school, hospital, medical clinic, alcohol or drug recovery center, mental/social care facility, park, library, place of worship.   Finally, Measure E also changes the regulations for licensed card rooms, including limiting the number of player-dealer games to half the card room’s tables and limiting the number of players at a table to ten (except for poker tournaments). The current City card-room ordinance requires that the city council deny a license application if it finds the applicant has committed a felony, lacks good moral character, has submitted false information in support of the application, or the card room would be incompatible with surrounding land uses. Measure E would add an additional ground for denial: that the applicant is not in “good standing” with the California Gambling Commission. An applicant would lack “good standing” if it does not have a valid license issued by the Commission, has an expired license that it has not renewed, has a suspended or revoked license, or is the subject of a proceeding that seeks to suspend or revoke its license.   The current city card-room ordinance requires that applicants submit and obtain a license from the California Gambling Control Commission before locating a card room within city limits. Once applicants have obtained this state license, they are subject to an additional set of city regulations. Generally, applicants must submit an application to the city police chief, who must issue a report to the City Council, which then either approves or denies the application. Measure E would not change this review process.   Derek P. Cole Interim City Attorney
— City Attorney
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