Announcing New Cleveland+Gambling Addiction Hotlines for 2009: 1-800-COUNCIL... 1-800-MY-MAYOR

Submitted by Norm Roulet on Thu, 10/08/2009 - 03:01.

The pro-gambling-interested Cleveland Plain Dealer announced today that "Cleveland's City Council passed a resolution this week endorsing state Issue 3", which changes the Ohio constitution to give a monopoly on casino gambling to Cleveland Cavaliers owner and overnight "Don" Dan Gilbert. Councilmembers Brian Cummins and Zack Reed did not sign the resolution supporting Issue 3. The support of the other council members follows the endorsement of Issue 3 by Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson. As these endorsements show support by these specific people for gambling in our community, and all the ills that go with that, it is time to set in place the names of these people as those accountable for addressing all the harm that is caused by expanding gambling here from now until they are dead... these are our advocates for gambling addiction in Cleveland.

This list should be discussed in the media and at community meetings and churches this week, and every week going forward, through the November 3 election and long after, as these people propose to change everything here, for everyone, in ways many people considered economically harmful and immoral. Responsible analyses of the costs and benefits of gambling show great social costs. This is an event that will cause real people real hardship. The endorsement of gambling here gives the impression gambling is already alright.

For the weeks leading up to November 3, when people still have the choice to vote on whether gambling is alright, we must have very broad, serious, honest discussions about whether gambling is alright... especially if Cleveland+Gambling is alright.

If gambling is expanded here, because of endorsements by powerful people here, the list of people causing gambling to be expanded here must be kept updated with current contact information, as these people leave their positions in government and business and move on in life, so the people harmed by gambling may always let these specific people - those who are forever hereinafter responsible for expanding the harm of gambling here - know exactly what resulted from their actions to benefit Dan Gilbert, this week. Such responsibilities for such morally significant decisions do not die with any future elections... the costs to Cleveland citizens, real NEO, society and real families will be $ billions.

Below are the names and email addresses of the Cleveland Mayor and the members of the Cleveland City Council who, as of October 7, 2009, openly support gambling in Cleveland... to be updated with their future contact information as they move on:

Mayor Frank Jackson
MayorFrankGJackson [at] city [dot] cleveland [dot] oh [dot] us

Cleveland City Hall
601 Lakeside Ave.
Cleveland, Ohio 44114

Cleveland City Council Members Supporting Issue 3, as of October 7, 2009:

Ward 1
Terrell H. Pruitt
Council Phone: (216) 664-4944

ward01 [at] clevelandcitycouncil [dot] org
Ward 2
Nate Wilkes
Council Phone:  (216) 664-4237

Ward 4
Kenneth L. Johnson
Council Phone: (216) 664-4941
Ward Office: (216) 421-8639
Home: (216) 421-8639

ward04 [at] clevelandcitycouncil [dot] org
Ward 5
Phyllis Cleveland - Majority Leader
Council Phone: (216) 664-2309
Home: (216) 431-3349

ward05 [at] clevelandcitycouncil [dot] org
Ward 6
Mamie J. Mitchell
Council Phone: (216) 664-4234
Ward Office: (216) 791-8683 

ward06 [at] clevelandcitycouncil [dot] org

Ward 7
TJ Dow
Council Phone: (216) 664-2908

ward07 [at] clevelandcitycouncil [dot] org

Ward 8
Shari L. Cloud
Council Phone: (216) 664-4231

ward08 [at] clevelandcitycouncil [dot] org

Ward 9
Kevin Conwell
Council Office: (216) 664-4252
Ward Office: (216) 791-6642

ward09 [at] clevelandcitycouncil [dot] org

Ward 10
Eugene Miller
Council Phone: (216) 664-4743

ward10 [at] clevelandcitycouncil [dot] org

Ward 11
Michael D. Polensek
Council Phone: (216) 664-4236
Home: (216) 531-7648

ward11 [at] clevelandcitycouncil [dot] org
Ward 12
Anthony Brancatelli
Council Phone: (216) 664-4233

ward12 [at] clevelandcitycouncil [dot] org
Ward 13
Joe Cimperman
Council Phone: (216) 664-2691

Ward 14
Joe Santiago
Council Phone: (216) 664-3706
Ward Office: (216) 458-1493

ward14 [at] clevelandcitycouncil [dot] org

Ward 16
Kevin J. Kelley - Majority Whip
Council Phone: (216) 664-2943
Ward Office: (216) 351-7077

ward16 [at] clevelandcitycouncil [dot] org

Ward 17
Matt Zone
Council Phone: (216) 664-4235
Ward Office: (216) 939-1717
Home: (216) 961-1235

ward17 [at] clevelandcitycouncil [dot] org

Ward 18
Jay Westbrook
Council Phone: (216) 664-4230
Ward Office: (216) 664-4230
Home: (216) 281-1811

ward18 [at] clevelandcitycouncil [dot] org

Ward 19
Dona Brady
Council Phone: (216) 664-3708
Ward Office: (216) 961-4999
Home: (216) 961-4999

ward19 [at] clevelandcitycouncil [dot] org

Ward 20
Martin J. Sweeney - Council President
Council Phone: (216) 664-2942
Home: (216) 252-0986

ward20 [at] clevelandcitycouncil [dot] org
Ward 21
Martin J. Keane
Council Phone: (216) 664-4239

ward21 [at] clevelandcitycouncil [dot] org

If you would like to thank or recognize the councilmembers who did not sign the resolution supporting Issue 3, they are:

Ward 3
Zachary Reed
Council Phone: (216) 664-4945
Home: (216) 921-5117

ward03 [at] clevelandcitycouncil [dot] org

Ward 15
Brian J. Cummins
Council Phone: (216) 664-4238
Ward Office: (216) 459-8400
Home: (216) 661-6821

ward15 [at] clevelandcitycouncil [dot] org

I Propose Issue #3 as Post-Hauser Issue #3

We haven't posted a post-Hauser Issue #3 - and it occurs to me November 3 election Issue #3 is as important an issue for the future of our lakefront and community as anything we may come up with, so I propose we spend the next month developing real insight for this community on Issue #3, as Post-Hauser Issue #3.

I do not know Ed's position on gambling, so this proposal does not suggest Issue 3 is an issue Ed would have cared about, in any particular way. But, I believe Ed would want citizens to be actively engaged in all decisions about our state constitution. Issue 3 proposes to change our state constitution, to give a monopoly on casino gambling to Dan Gilbert, and that proposal has been developed in very closed ways.

Obviously, Issue 3 will be a hot topic on realneo no matter what - by making it a post Hauser issue we will organize Issue 3 related content in a book, and put a hot link to that in the Citizen Hauser box on the upper left of the homepage. I'll be glad to set up and maintain the book content, including moving related content into the Issue 3 book outline (and will be glad to show others how to do the same, if anyone wants some Drupal admin training).

I'll be tracking the outcomes after the election, if Issue #3 passes, like maintaining a database of those community leaders most responsible for it passing, and the harm caused, in perpetuity, so future gambling addicts and gaming losers may know who to contact for help.

Any feedback on making this Post Hauser Issue #3?

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