SUISUN CITY — Council members in Suisun City moved Tuesday to head off Internet cafes that offer sweepstakes-style gaming coming to town by updating and amending its ordinance to bar those businesses.
Suisun City doesn’t yet have such a business in town, unlike neighboring towns like Fairfield and Vacaville, but made the move to ensure they don’t get that headache their neighbors are suffering from.
The amendment prohibits allowing gambling via the use of an electronic device, computer or other means. It was passed unanimously by the council, but council members Mike Segala and Jane Day requested the council return to consider a wider, more specific ordinance that deal with what Internet cafes can and can’t do.
Segala said that the proposal put forward by city staff did not go far enough and provide enough specific guidance to city staff and police about such businesses.
The Vacaville City Council responded last month to concerns about Internet cafes that offer sweepstakes-style gambling in their town by approving a temporary 45-day moratorium that could be renewed for up to a total of two years.
This came after an investigation of the Talk n’ Win Internet cafe on Peabody Road that sold time on prepaid phone cards and then allowed customers to use corresponding points in casino-style gaming on the computers for sweepstakes prizes.
The Vacaville council was told that the police saw an increase in criminal activity in the area since the business opened. That activity included thefts, verbal and physical fights, vandalism, drug sales and use, disturbances and robbery. One business adjacent to the Talk n’ Win even moved to the other side of town to get away from the problem.
Fairfield took similar action in September after its police reported that they dealt with repeated trouble that included fights, thefts and drug dealing around the Talk n’ Win that opened up on North Texas Street.
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