Meetings & Information

Invitation to National Conference on Govt-Sponsored Casinos and Lotteries

Message from Les Bernal
National Director,
Stop Predatory Gambling :
I'm writing to encourage you to attend an important national conference on government-sponsored gambling being held this summer titled "Gambling Addiction and Society: Thinking Anew."


Massachusetts Gam[bl]ing Commission

Check the Gambling Commission site for changes and updates:
http://www.mass.gov/gaming/


You may submit your comments to the commission at: mgccomments@state.ma.us




Sunday, June 24, 2012

Corrupt Politicians

Corrupt politicians who accepted 'charitable contributions' from an owner of Suffolk Downs want Massachusetts taxpayers to pay for 'infrastructure' for this Scam!
 
 
 
 
Senator Petrucelli commissioned an infrastructure report indicating the cost would be $420 million to Massachusetts taxpayers.

Big Dig anyone?

When asked for that report, the Senator ignored the request, then concocted various versions, such as 'it wasn't really a report, just a back-of-the-napkin kinda thing.' It would seem that Senator Petrucelli spent Massachusetts taxpayers hard-earned dollars and is hiding something.

This is the same Senator Petrucelli who didn't remember that he didn't graduate from college as he claimed and was forced to retract the claim when it was disproved by others.

Senator Petrucelli and Mayor Tom Menino received charitable contributions from Richard Fields. Those 'charities' successfully avoid public scrutiny and avoid campaign contribution limits. What else don't you know about this Dynamic Duo?
 
 
 

Rep. Reinstein conducted her own closed door meetings that excluded the public and the media, disrupted a meeting at the State House because she refused to hear the facts.

The Gaming Commission will adopt a 2-step approval process that is detailed on their web site at mass.gov/gaming. The first phase of that process will include reviewing the financial and background information of the applicants.

Maybe this paper should consider that Caesars is $20 BILLION [not million] in debt and not making a profit. Spectrum, in Ohio, commented that the financial condition required monitoring.

Richard Fields was unable to raise the financing to purchase Trump's Marina at a bargain basement price.

This is nothing more than a Slot Barn using the dying horse racing industry as an excuse. The job projections are grossly overstated as anyone can easily disprove.





East Boston Residents Divided On Casino Proposal


BOSTON — The $1 billion proposal to build a casino at Suffolk Downs is bringing up mixed emotions for East Boston residents.

A handful of people with the group No Eastie Casino stood at the busy intersection of Bennington and Saratoga streets Saturday morning holding signs and handing out postcards outlining their reasons for opposing the $1 billion proposal, which includes a 300-room hotel, restaurants, retail shops and thousands of slot machines.

For the most part, it was pretty calm as volunteers spoke to drivers stopped at red lights. Many people took flyers and planned to come to a community meeting on Monday. But others said they wanted the casino and the 4,000 permanent jobs developers say it will create.

“You’re crazy, you’re talking away jobs from the area,” one driver said to John Ribeiro.

“That’s going to take jobs away,” Ribeiro replied, as traffic piled up behind him and cars started honking.

Another member of the group “No Eastie Casino,” Celeste Myers, said the casino may add jobs, but they won’t be the quality that residents deserve.

“You want quality pay, reasonable hours and reasonable benefits. And we all know these are going to be minimum wage, minimum hour, minimum benefit jobs,” Myers said, holding a sign reading
“Casinos are terrible neighbors. Vote No.”

For Tom Domenico, who has lived in East Boston for more than 50 years, he says the increased traffic will put more of a strain on the congested area.

“I’m sick of them trying to drive everything down our throat over here,” Domenico said. “We have four tunnels, an airport. We have two drawbridges. We have pollution like you can’t believe here. … And I’ve had enough. That’s the worst place in the world to put it.”

But for Brian Gannon, who moved to East Boston about two-and-a-half years ago, his concern is that the casino will “suck every nickel and dime they can” out of the community.

“What’s going to happen is those people that normally would be downtown having dinner in the North End or shopping at Faneuil Hall may end up dropping more money in the casino that’s going to be taken out of state,” Gannon asked. “To me it’s just moving money from one place to the other.”

Still, some East Boston residents said the community needs jobs. At least two time, leafletters and passers-by got into heated exchanges over the issue of whether the casino would benefit or harm East Boston and the surrounding communities.

Diane Ingemi, whose property abuts Suffolk Downs, said they have been a great neighbor. Two weeks ago, she said Suffolk Downs was packed with people watching the Belmont Stakes, but it wasn’t a problem for her.

“You don’t hear no peeps, no trouble, no nothing. Nothing. Security goes around 24 hours a day,” she said, looking at the No Eastie Casino members handing out flyers. “It’s about jobs, jobs, creating jobs,” she yelled.

The proposal is still in the beginning stages. State regulators have not decided whether to give Suffolk Downs the one casino operating license available for the region, and East Boston residents will be able to vote on whether they would approve a casino there. No referendum has been scheduled.


http://www.wbur.org/2012/06/24/no-eastie-casino-leafletting

1 comment:

Libby Mitchell said...

OK I know this is not the main point...but I cannot believe what I just read. A senator failed to recall whether he graduated from college or not until reminded, when he was caught out.... AND he is still a senator?

We are told that we get the politicians we deserve but that is absurd. Who in their right mind would support such a fellow unless they were party to corruption?

It is hard to fully grasp this whole issue from over the sea...but it sounds like a shocking cocktail of deceit.