§ 1036.30.


The Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco hereby finds and declares as follows:


The number of video game machines is rapidly increasing in the City and County of San Francisco. Between January 1, 1982 and March 31, 1982, the Police Department issued 81 permits for mechanical amusement devices covering a total of 493 machines, approximately 90 percent of which were video game machines. Currently, there are approximately 48 applications pending for mechanical amusement device permits for an additional 178 video game machines.


As the number of video game machines has increased, public concern has grown with respect to the location of these machines, the number of machines permitted at any given location, creation of street and sidewalk congestion where these machines are concentrated, accessibility to the machines by minors during school hours, and the occurrence of public disturbances and petty crimes in the vicinity of these machines.


It is hereby declared to be the policy of the Board of Supervisors to regulate reasonable and orderly public access for patrons wishing to play video game machines, while at the same time protecting the health, safety and welfare of the general public, both on the premises and in the vicinity of the premises where video games are located.


(Added by Ord. 401-81, App. 8/13/82)


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