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article imagePinball returns to Oakland, California

By Mike Rossi     Jun 24, 2014 in Odd News
Oakland - Welcome back to the city of Oakland lovers of pinball, your banishment is no more.
For the first time in 80 years, the long-time hallmark of the American arcade can legally return to San Francisco's less-famous neighbor.
Not that pinball ever really left.
The law, which has been on the books since the 1930s, has gone unenforced for the better part of a century. But like so many other forgotten rules and regulations of eras gone-by, the law, technically speaking, never went away.
So, in a concerted effort to tidy up their books, the Oakland City Council announced that they will repeal the existing ban in the next few weeks.
The criminalization of the game came to pass towards the end of the Prohibition Era as Oakland and other US cities moved to combat the growth of gambling that plagued the country. At the time, lawmakers viewed pinball as the perverted cousin of the more notorious slot-machine.
For the most part, this obscure legal reform will go unnoticed by the city's 400,000 residents who have been preoccupied with more pressing criminal concerns in recent years.
Still, for Oakland's known pinball enthusiasts like Legionnaire Saloon manager Fu Akerele-Ale, the change comes as a welcome, and entirely complete, surprise.
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