Welcome to the first ever Initiative for Lakewood – a ban on casino gambling. Here is an update:
Website – savelakewood.com. I’ve asked the webmaster of this site to share his story of what gambling did to him and his family. Perhaps he will post it there and as we have speaking opportunities in the days and weeks ahead he has expressed willingness to tell personally the devastation gambling addiction can cause. Chris is a great guy. Like most of you, he responded from seeing the news in Tuesday’s (March 18th) paper of the Council’s decision to allow gambling expansion along the I-5 corridor. Chris called and volunteered his expertise in media advertising (the first step being our website) to promote our cause as we gather momentum.
savelakewood.com should be a good place to also post your story – why you are opposed to gambling in your city.
What to say – I will work on a script to post on the website but you will see when you go to savelakewood.com nearly 100 pages of research material that may also give you ideas. And more is on the way. And certainly you have your own valid reasons for opposing gambling.
Petition – this is awaiting the city attorney’s writing of the ballot title. She has had it since Monday. Once you see the paragraph completed on the petition that has been set aside for the attorney, then you’re free to download it and get signatures. You might check in with me however just to be sure.
Be sure that when people sign and PRINT their address, that BOTH are readable. The auditor will not count signatures or addresses they cannot read.
savelakewood.com will have the Initiative process summarized so that you can read how this all works and what is required.
Distribution – be sure to keep me posted as to the areas you cover and check in to see if in fact that area has not been already done to avoid duplication. If you set up shop outside of stores, and especially if you are inside the Lakewood Town Center, you will need to obtain permission from both store manager and Town Center manager.
We have some influential people already on board in just these first two days since the news broke – both from the religious community as well as the broad support from across the city and beyond! As an incentive for each person that gathers 200 signatures, I am thinking about offering a CD I have produced on 30 Leadership Qualities that, when printed, approaches 100 pages. Since I spend one hour each day studying the subject of leadership, this project is continually added-to and updated. Some of the subjects: vision, passion, courage, initiative, accountability, trustworthiness, perseverance, organization, confidence, and family-first. There’s the first 10!
It might interest you to know that I have been in phone and email communication with folks who have won similar battles across the nation and they have expressed support and encouragement for our cause!
The goal will likely be to gather as many signatures as we can and hold the election in November. (Our only other option is May per the Initiative rules). This will enable us to gather more signatures while we educate more voters. One volunteer suggested that we need not stop with the required 4,000 but go for double that!
I have, and can get more, Voter Registration forms so that if people you ask to sign are not registered, they can do so on the spot and sign the petition too! The auditor suggested that in order to save time for them, fill out as much of the registration form prior to going out on your street or store-front or church.
Other ways you can help (and no doubt you will think of ideas of your own – let me know!):
‚Ä¢ Money – I don’t expect this to be an expensive campaign. But it might be. And no doubt there will be costs regardless. So I’m checking into the legal requirements of income/expenses while running a political campaign. Once an account has been established, information regarding that will be posted on savelakewood.com or in an email directly to you.
‚Ä¢ Speaking opportunities – If there are groups to which you belong, we are willing to debate the other side anytime, anyplace. Our campaign is built on the truth. We will not manipulate, we will educate. This campaign is our opportunity to prove that intelligent people, who care about their city, when given accurate information will make the right decision.
I appreciate your feedback and all you’ll do!
“A fascinating irony of leadership is that if you want to do something really big that involves a lot of people, you need to narrow your focus to a few people… Great things aren’t achieved by the crowd. They’re accomplished by the core.” The 21 Most Powerful Minutes in a Leader’s Day, by John C. Maxwell, p.335.
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