Gambling in Hawthorne
- June 24, 2014Mayor Chris BrownMayor Pro Tem Olivia ValentineCouncilperson Alex VargasCouncilperson Angie EnglishCouncilperson Nilo MichelinNorb Huber, City Clerk (cityclerk@...)City of Hawthorne4455 West 126th StreetHawthorne, CA 90250RE: CASINO IN HAWTHORNEOn 06/22/2014, The Daily Breeze quoted Mayor Brown:“I’m asking the city of Hawthorne to bring in a casino because we’re $6 million in the hole,” Brown said. “This is going to bring our city in the black and create 1,000 new jobs.”This is one way of "thinking outside the box" to bring in revenue to the city of Hawthorne. If we continue with the idea, and for arguments sake, say the casino passes voter approval in November 2014. The entitlement process, licensing by the State Gambling Commission, and construction time will set us back 5 to 6 years before Hawthorne sees a penny of revenue.At the rate that the city burns through cash, we could be facing a 30 to 40 Million dollar deficit in 5 or 6 years by 2019 or 2020. So, is a casino the solution to the problem, or merely an excuse to kick the can down the road?The approved budget for fiscal 2013/2014 was 62.3 Million and change.As a concerned resident, I ask this elected body for a precise and concise accounting for the 2013/2014 fiscal year. Specifically, for what services, goods, or materials did the city spend the extra 6 Million dollars?As for the casino, I agree with councilman Michelin's comment in The Daily Breeze:"Councilman Nilo Michelin insists the city should trim its expenditures before it considers something as drastic as legalized gambling."
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