Three Internet cafes shut down in Bakersfield

The City of Bakersfield says more Internet cafes are closing their doors. City officials say they've been notifying the shops for months that they're breaking the law and need to leave.

BAKERSFIELD, CA -- The City of Bakersfield says more Internet cafes are closing their doors.

City officials say they've been notifying the shops for months that they're breaking the law and need to leave.

The city says in the last 30 days, three Internet cafe's have closed. But, in that time, one additional cafe opened.

Thursday afternoon, the city held its monthly Safe Neighborhoods meeting, where leaders gave an update on the status of Internet cafes and how they're affecting Bakersfield.

Many neighboring business owners by some local cafes have complained, calling the cafes illegal gambling, and want them shut down.

On Thursday, the city also went on record opposing Senate Bill 678, which would legitimize many of the sweepstakes cafes.

City Councilmember Russel Johnson says he will go to the League of California Cities to get support.

"I think it's important that we get some allies from the League of California Cities and potentially other cities to say look. Internet cafes are a problem, it's not just in Bakersfield, it's all over the valley and we're all going to go out together and say lets oppose these," said Johnson.

The Kern County District Attorney's office shutdown nine cafes last year by obtaining temporary restraining orders.

But, those orders are now the subject of several lawsuits that may be heard by a federal appeals court in Fresno.

County staff recommend supervisors wait for the outcome of those cases before making a move toward a larger, county-wide law or ban.

Page: [[$index + 1]]
comments powered by Disqus

Bakersfield, CA

105°F
106°F
82°F
Clear
Sunshine Natural Fresh Fruit - smoothies, ice cream, and more