Lakewood‚Äôs Prop 1 is not so much a question of casinos yes or no, rather we should ask is this the right initiative. Is Prop 1, as written, a good measure? Is it reflective of a responsible, fair and realistic approach to the issues?
The proponents of Prop 1 could have offered other choices to the voters. Such as a moratorium on new casinos, or they could have sought to phase them out over a reasonable period of time, or they could have limited casino businesses in other ways.
Instead, Prop 1‚Äôs intent is to close down these existing businesses in Lakewood within just days of the election. Immediately sending hundreds of people out of work and putting into mothballs huge pieces of real estate within the city.
Besides the loss of jobs and vacant businesses, a large percent of the city tax base would disappear almost overnight, rapidly requiring deep cuts in city staff and services. Not the least of which includes cuts to public safety, police and nearly all human services.
When it comes to taking a responsible, balanced approach Prop 1 is an extreme and poorly conceived initiative effort. I oppose the measure not so much because of the issue, but because of the nature of the choice as provided.
Vote NO on Prop 1 – There must be a better way.
Malcolm Russell: Is a longtime Lakewood resident, and a volunteer member of the Lakewood Public Safety Advisory Committee. He represents himself only, and has no affiliation with any campaign or to casinos, casino staff or owners. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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