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For the purpose of this subchapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
COIN-OPERATED MACHINES. Every machine or device of any kind or character which is operated by or with coins, metal slugs, tokens, or checks; MUSIC COIN-OPERATED MACHINES and SKILL OR PLEASURE COIN-OPERATED MACHINES as these terms are hereinafter defined, shall be included in such terms.
EIGHT-LINER. A coin-operated machine or contrivance capable of being used for games of chance, including but not limited to a Tic Tac Toe eight-liner or video poker machine or other contrivance or paraphernalia, on which games of chance can be played for a consideration and which afford the player an opportunity to win a prize, gift certificate or thing of value, whether or not the prize is automatically paid by the contrivance, having a wholesale value available from a single play of the game or device of not more that ten times the amount charged to play the game or device once or $5, whichever is less, but excluding the machines listed in Section 2153.004 of the Occupations Code.
GAME ROOM FOR EIGHT-LINERS. Any building, or portion thereof, used primarily for the exhibition or displaying of eight-liners. A building, or part thereof, is deemed to have such primary use where (a) at least 51% of the total square footage of such building, or any part thereof, exclusive of rest rooms, storage rooms or other areas from which the public is usually excluded by the operator, is used for the exhibition or displaying of eight-liners or (b) at least 51% of the gross revenues derived from any use of such building is derived from the operation of eight-liners located therein.
MUSIC COIN-OPERATED MACHINE. Every coin-operated machine of any kind or character, which dispenses or vends or which is used or operated for dispensing or vending music and which is operated by or with coins or metal slugs, tokens, or checks. The following are expressly included within said term: phonographs, pianos, grapho-phones, radios, and all other coin-operated machines which dispense or vend music.
OPERATOR. Any person, firm, company, association, or corporation who exhibits, displays, or permits to be exhibited or displayed, in his or its place of business or upon premises under his or its control any coin-operated machine in this city.
OWNER. Any person, individual, firm, company, association, or corporation owning or having the care, control, management, or possession of any coin-operated machine in this city.
SERVICE COIN-OPERATED MACHINE. Pay toilets, pay telephones, and all other machines or devices which dispense service only and not merchandise, music, skill, or pleasure.
SKILL or PLEASURE COIN-OPERATED MACHINES. Every coin-operated machine of any kind or character whatsoever, when such machine or machines dispense or are used or are capable of being used or operated for amusement or pleasure or when such machines are operated for the purpose of dispensing or affording skill or pleasure, or for any other purpose other than the dispensing or vending of merchandise or music or service exclusively as those terms are defined herein. The following are expressly included within the term: marble machines, marble table machines, marble shooting machines, miniature racetrack machines, miniature football machines, miniature golf machines, miniature bowling machines, and all other coin-operated machines which dispense or afford skill or pleasure. Provided that every machine or device of any kind or character which dispenses or vends merchandise, commodities, or confections, or plays music in connection with or in addition to such games or dispensing of skill or pleasure shall be considered as skill or pleasure machines and taxed at the higher rate fixed for such machines.
(‘68 Code, § 29-34) (Ord. 432, passed 3-21-55; Am. Ord. 2004-2038, passed 3-1-04)