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La Center restricts cardroom growth

27 June 2007

LA CENTER, Washington -- As reported by the Columbian: "La Center has pledged not to expand cardroom gambling in hopes of securing an economic toehold near Interstate 5.

"For years, city officials have wanted to expand and diversify La Center's economy, which is largely based on four nontribal cardrooms. They want to push La Center's boundaries west to the freeway, where officials hope to encourage industrial and commercial development.

"But there was a last-second snag. Clark County commissioners didn't want to expand La Center's urban growth area only to have that land used for additional cardroom gambling.

"By a 3-2 vote during a special meeting Monday night, the La Center City Council endorsed a countywide planning policy to prohibit 'further material expansion of cardroom capacity" within the La Center urban growth area..."

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