Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Card Room Municipal Code Amendment

In the agenda for its April 20 Board of Director's meeting, the College Area Business Improvement District reports a request by local card rooms to the City of San Diego to amend the Municipal Code to match State Law for card rooms. The Lucky Lady Casino, at 5526 El Cajon Boulevard in El Cerrito, is licensed as a card room under the Municipal Code. The proposed changes would
  • Increase the number of tables allowed in San Diego card rooms from 9 to 11
  • Allow 24 hour operation instead of the current limit of 9:00am to 2:00am
  • Allow the transfer of card room licenses to family members or sale to third parties (Current licenses are not transferable)
The Purpose and Intent of the current card room code (33.3901) states,

"The City Council finds that existence of cardrooms within the City of San Diego has necessitated ever–increasing efforts by Police Department personnel in investigating and responding to criminal activity occurring in and around such establishments; that these increased efforts bring additional costs to the taxpayers and residents of the City, that such establishments attract the incursion of criminal elements into the City, may encourage compulsive gambling, and aggravate existing crime problems in areas of the City where such establishments exist."

Select the following link to read the
Current Municipal Code for Card Rooms

Select the following link to read the
Proposed Amendments to the Municipal Code