California mayors get behind push for legalized sports betting
By Bob Garcia
California continues to miss out on major sports betting revenue, but that could change
A while back, a new initiative was proposed for California to become an even more cutting edge state and add sports betting to its list of “legal things.” It seems, in addition to receiving a lot of support from residents, prominent voices are also giving their nod, including four of the state’s mayors.
Bipartisan support from four Golden State mayors for a new sports betting initiative has begun to emerge, which, if approved, industry funds would go to benefit people who are currently homeless. It didn’t take long for word of the new initiative to be placed on the November 2022 ballot for several prominent individuals to begin expressing their support, including Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg.
“Instead of leaving funding for homelessness and mental health services up to the whims of the economy, this initiative will create a stable and reliable funding source to tackle these immense challenges,” said Steinberg.
Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia, Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer, and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf are among the other local elected officials who have also said they agree with the implementation of the initiative to bring sports betting to California. According to the proposal, tax revenues received from the lucrative market would be used to fund shelters and housing for California’s large homeless population, while also providing support for various mental health and addiction services.
As the proposal is receiving incredible support, two other sports betting initiatives are also said to be on the table. In order for the initiative to be added to next year’s ballot, at least one million signatures are required. If successful, it could finally make California one more state where sports betting is legal.