HAYWARD -- A 45-day moratorium on Internet "sweepstakes" cafes was unanimously approved by the City Council on Tuesday.

At the cafes, patrons purchase time on computers, which they use for sweepstakes and Las Vegas-style gambling, according to David Rizk, city director of development services.

Hayward had approved business licenses for three such cafes, but none of the applications mentioned gaming, Rizk told the council. One is no longer in business, and the landlords are working with the city to shut down the other two, which are not allowed under current zoning rules, he said.

Before the vote, Ron Doyle, owner of Net Connection on B Street, said his business does not break the law and he resented being lumped in with others. "We don't use gambling-theme games as outlined by the attorney general," he told the council. "Not all sweepstakes are illegal in California."

The moratorium will give city staff members time to review whether Hayward needs to revise its zoning regulations or municipal code to address the cafes.

Alameda County already has taken steps to start shutting down the Internet sweepstakes cafes in the unincorporated areas.

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