After a stormy, three-hour public hearing Wednesday night, the Baldwin Park City Council narrowly rejected a proposal to bring a card club to the city to raise badly needed revenue.
The unexpected vote came after nearly 50 people addressed the council, most of them members of the East Valleys Organization, a church-sponsored group staunchly opposed to the card club idea. Councilman Martin Gallegos moved to drop plans to hold a special election this fall to have voters consider establishing a card club. "The residents were so overwhelmingly against the idea, my true opinion was it didn't really have a chance," Gallegos said.
The city has had recurring budget shortfalls that have forced the council to cut 26 city positions over the last three years.