A Superior Court judge has blocked an attempt by Los Angeles officials to suspend the license of a Woodland Hills bingo game, clearing the way for the city's largest and most profitable charity gambling operation to continue Saturday.
Judge Jack T. Ryburn ruled Wednesday that a proposed 30-day suspension of a license held by Identity, a nonprofit corporation that assists physically handicapped youth, was unwarranted. Ryburn had earlier refused to allow the city Social Service Department's bingo division to revoke the license.
Identity founder Edith Ryan termed Ryburn's action an "exoneration" of her bingo game, which over an 18 month-period ending last November grossed $6.3 million. Identity officials said they have spent $337,631 so far for charitable purposes.
The suspension attempt was announced March 6 after bingo division officials accused Ryan's group of misspending money earmarked for charity in violation of city and state laws that mandate the use of bingo revenues for charitable purposes and prohibit game workers from being paid.