Despite opposition from some neighborhood residents, City Manager John Shirey has approved an application by the owners of the Casino Royale card room to move to the Red Lion Hotel at Woodlake.
Shirey said in an email Thursday to the City Council that he does "not expect a spike in either traffic or criminal activity will result from the relocation." Casino Royale is currently on Auburn Boulevard.
Rival card room owners had expressed concern with the move, saying Casino Royale could move to create a "mega card room" in the larger Red Lion Hotel. But the owners of the Casino Royale said they had no intention of purchasing the license for another card room and city code prohibits two poker rooms at the same address.
Shirey said he does not support co-location of card rooms and will not support a change in law with future applications.
One of Casino Royale's part owners is William Blanas, son of former Sacramento County Sheriff Lou Blanas. Former City Manager Bob Thomas served as a consultant for the card room in the relocation process.
One City Council race is getting closer. In the other, one of the candidates has begun to widen his lead.
Former Councilman Rob Kerth saw his lead over Allen Warren decrease to 155 votes in the race for the north Sacramento council seat after nearly 12,000 votes were counted, according to results updated Thursday. Kerth had led Warren by 200 votes earlier this week.
In the District 4 race, Steve Hansen leads Joe Yee by 160 votes. Hansen had led Yee by 108 votes earlier this week in his attempt to represent Land Park, the central city and the River Oaks neighborhood of South Natomas. More than 25,000 votes have been counted in that district.
Finally, the result of a city measure to scale back regular leaf collection by "the Claw" appears all but settled. Measure T leads 51.4 percent to 48.6 percent a gap of 3,661 votes. If Measure T passes, the city will be permitted to require green waste bins.
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