CHAPTER 5A. BINGO GAMES.
Sec. 5A.7. Conduct of bingo games.
(a) It shall be a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed ten
thousand dollars, for any person to receive or pay a profit, wage or salary from
any bingo game. A violation of any other provision of this section is a
(b) No minors shall be allowed to participate in any bingo
(c) A licensee shall conduct bingo games only on property owned or
leased by it, or property where use is donated to the organization and which
property is used by such organization for any office or for performance of the
purposes for which the organization is organized. Nothing in this chapter shall
be construed to require that the property be used exclusively by such
(d) All bingo games shall be open to the public and shall not
be limited to just the members of the organization.
(e) A bingo game shall
be operated, staffed, promoted, conducted and supervised only by members of the
licensee organization and such members shall receive no profit, wage or salary
from any such bingo game. This subdivision does not preclude the employment of
security personnel, who are not members, at such bingo games.
individual, corporation, partnership or other legal entity except the licensee
organization shall hold a financial interest in the conduct of any bingo
(g) With respect to organizations exempt from payment of the bank and
corporation tax by Section 23701(d) of the Revenue and Taxation Code, all
profits derived from a bingo game shall be kept in a special fund or account and
shall not be commingled with any other fund or account. Such profits shall be
used only for charitable purposes. With respect to other organizations
authorized to conduct bingo games pursuant to this section, all proceeds derived
from a bingo game shall be kept in a special fund or account and shall not be
commingled with any other fund or account. Such proceeds shall be used only for
charitable purposes, except as follows:
(1) Such proceeds may be used for
(2) A portion of such proceeds, not to exceed twenty percent of the
proceeds before the deduction for prizes or one thousand dollars per month,
whichever is less, may be used for the rental of property, overhead (including
the purchase of bingo equipment), administrative expenses, security equipment
and security personnel.
(3) Such proceeds may be used to pay license
(h) No person shall be allowed to participate in a bingo game unless
the person is physically present at the time and place in which the bingo game
is being conducted.
(i) The total value of prizes awarded during the conduct
of any bingo game shall not exceed two hundred fifty dollars in cash or kind, or
both, for each separate game which is held. (Ord. No. 1074, (part).)