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Gardena Mayor Tasha Cerda, California Cities for Self-Reliance chair, testified before state legislators, recently, about a threat to the financial health of California cities. Courtesy City of Gardena Mayor Tasha Cerda encourages legislators to head off

Gardena Mayor Tasha Cerda, California Cities for Self-Reliance chair, testified before state legislators, recently, about a threat to the financial health of California cities. Courtesy City of Gardena

Mayor Tasha Cerda encourages legislators to head off cities loss of revenue by  Card Clubs

SACRAMENTO — Gardena Mayor Tasha Cerda, California Cities for Self-Reliance chair, testified before state legislators, recently, about a threat to the financial health of California cities,

Cerda pressed state leaders to intervene before the Bureau of Gambling Control takes action that will cripple city revenue in numerous California cities that have card clubs within their jurisdictions.

“[More than] 20 years ago the state set the terms for card club gaming and an industry built itself up in 87 California communities around those rules,” Mayor Cerda said. “Our cities depend on the licensing agreements with those card clubs that generate millions of dollars in tax revenues to support critical services such as police and fire protection, and social services for children and seniors.

“Now, the Bureau of Gambling Control within the California Department of Justice, which was found in the audit [to have] grossly mismanaged its responsibilities under the law, is arrogantly pursuing changes to how card clubs may operate,” Cerda continued. “This agency is out of control and the legislature should reign it in before it does serious damage to our cities.”

Cerda added the Bureau’s actions could cause severe budget cuts to California  cities, threatening public safety to seniors, children, and at-risk youth; and to basic city services..

Cities impacted locally are Compton, Inglewood, Gardena, Bell Gardens, Commerce, Cudahy, and Hawaiian Gardens.

 

 

 

 

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