The Lakewood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors opposes the idea of banning card rooms in the City of Lakewood.
The Board does not see the need to defend gaming. The four card rooms in Lakewood are legal, thoroughly regulated and socially acceptable; providing entertainment, food, drink, concerts, and meeting/event space to adults who choose to visit these venues.
The City of Lakewood shares significantly in the success of our card rooms through $2.8 million in taxes and over 600 family wage jobs, as well as the benefits of attracting visitors to our area.
Proposition 1 is ill-advised from an economic point of view. Proponents to date have offered no alternatives to the significant revenues that would be lost through the ban. The first draft of the reduced budget presented by the City Manager impacts all departments of the city with the police department taking the largest cut, as well as depleting the human services activities that benefit low income residents throughout the city.
Banning card rooms in Lakewood will not address the issue of problem gambling ‚Äì but it will severely hurt over 600 hard-working employees who are building productive lives for themselves and their families. Singling out 4 out of 56 gambling licensees in Lakewood, while state-run gambling and neighboring Vegas-style casinos proliferate is outrageously unfair and does not address problem gambling issues.
Banning businesses for the sake of influencing the perceived moral behavior of a few never has ‚Äì and never will work. Prohibition stands as the best illustration of a monumental failure in that regard.
Conversely, we believe that continued oversight and management of card rooms strikes the best balance between larger community interests and the rights of our commercial enterprises.Print This Post