We’ve just had a look at Save Lakewood’s new brochure, and, as was the case in their signature drive, it’s full of distortions and outright lies.
Just right off the bat, let’s talk about the number of police calls to the four card rooms in Lakewood. The fact is that comparable establishments, like bars, generate many more calls than the card rooms. For that matter, Safeway and Denny’s generate a heck of a lot more calls, including serious ones.
It’s also nonsensical to fault card rooms for being competitive hospitality businesses. Of course, a dollar spent in one venue is a dollar not spent in a similar business. That’s called competing for market share.
As for the impacts on police and other services, any way you slice it, the City loses nearly ten percent of its budget. And two-thirds of that loss affects the police department. The fact that Tacoma has been able to absorb its budget losses is simple math–gaming revenues only made up less than one percent of its budget.
The rest of their story about “addictions, bankruptcies, etc.” is just a hodge podge of so-called studies by national authors with an anti-gambling agenda. No one has shown that Lakewood is impacted in any significant way by problem gambling.
Let’s tell the truth here.
Vote NO on Prop. 1
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