Couple quick things related to the letter about minicasinos:
1. First, I’m no longer on the board of the Lakewood Chamber of Commerce. A new board was sworn in two weeks ago, and both my profile on the city web site and the chamber web site should have been updated. The first is ‘my bad’ and I will ask the city to update my profile on the web site. The chamber and I are going in different directions, but I don’t blame your correspondents at all for thinking I am still on the board.
2. Anyone can complain that the city’s proposed budget cuts are inappropriate. A huge chunk of the Lakewood budget is related to public safety. If the committee wants to propose specific budget cuts totaling $3 million that do not affect public safety, I want to hear them. I suspect everyone at our table wants to hear those ideas desperately. Members of the Lakewood City Council members are not stick-figure villains. We’re people with kids and with standards. We want our city safe. So if committee members can come up with ways to help us cut the budget, good! Seriously! They could start by listing the nonessential employees who don’t have a rippling effect in some fashion on the conduct of good government and public safety.
The City Council will study the budget in painstaking detail on Mondays in October.
Solutions … as opposed to political rhetoric aimed at stirring up one’s supporters … would be welcome.
Meantime, and leaving the wild rhetoric aside for a second, it’s very clear that the city should not be as reliant on gambling dollars as it is. Check out my blog for one potential solution.
Lakewood City Councilman
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