SUISUN CITY — The City Council will consider a resolution Tuesday to update its gaming restrictions to discourage Internet cafes from finding a home there.
Such cafes are often located in storefront strip malls and feature numerous computer terminals. Customers usually purchase Internet or phone time with a magnetic strip card provided by the business. The card is swiped through a card reader, so the customer can play games with gambling themes.
Customers can also receive sweepstakes entries based on the amount spent. The state’s Bureau of Gambling considers the sweepstakes offers a form of illegal gambling.
The agenda notes that city staff believes there are no such businesses in Suisun City.
It does say staff research has shown detrimental effects of Internet cafes in neighboring cities, saying the Fairfield Police Department had an increase in calls for service, with 35 incidents in six months. The majority were for thefts and assaults.
If passed, the resolution would bring the city code up to date with the state regulations.
The council will also consider a resolution to extend a memorandum of understanding to June 30, 2014. It includes a provision allowing employees covered by the memorandum to buy back 32 hours of paid leave. It’s estimated to cost the city $10,200.
The council will meet 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers, 701 Civic Center Blvd.
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