Why is the Lakewood Parks Department sponsoring shuttle service to tribal casinos? Especially since on April 2 the City Council directed the City Manager to wean the city from gambling revenue? But the trips continue. The Spring and Summer issue of the Lakewood Parks Department brochure just delivered to mailboxes throughout the city, promotes a trip to the Snoqualmie Casino, not Snoqualmie Falls but Snoqualmie Casino, for Senior Citizens in Lakewood. The promo reads in part, “This just may be your lucky day!”
And this is not the first time. In November, 2008, Lakewood Parks sponsored a catch the shuttle advertisement that read, in total, “Tulalip Casino and Outlet Mall. Fun is the name of the game on this trip. The Tulalip Casino features 2,000 popular, state of the art slot machines and 59 game tables.”
Both Lakewood Parks Director Mary Dodsworth and Lakewood City Manager Andrew Neiditz have responded to our complaint that the reason for such trips is because of high demand. But a Seattle Times headline on November 23, 2005 read “Older adults vulnerable to gambling addiction”.
Are not then these shuttle trips, promoted by the City expressly for the purpose of encouraging our seniors to gamble, as indicated by the specific reason stated in the city parks publication, facilitating – not weaning – gambling addiction?
Logically, it would stand to absurd reason, that the city shuttle should patronize our own local casinos and keep the theft of dollars in our own town.