NOTE: This blog has been corrected to reflect updated information about the group behind the effort, Stop the Mega Casino. LAV
Mailers and a television ad hit Richmond over the weekend calling on residents to oppose the construction of an Indian casino on Point Molate.
The anti-casino campaign is funded by a group titled Stop the Mega Casino, a coalition of card rooms including the Oaks in Emeryville and the California Grand Casino in Pacheco. The card rooms don’t want the competition.
Of course, unless you know which companies are part of this coalition, the name won’t mean much.
The TV spot depicts the seamiest sides of Richmond and suggests the arrival of Las Vegas-style gaming will further deteriorate the city’s already troubled neighborhoods.
I’m still working on obtaining an electronic copy of the mailer but here is the TV ad, kindly provided by its producers, Whitehurst & Mosher of San Francisco.
And here is a transcript of its wording:
Out of town developers are trying to build a mega casino in Richmond. They’re pushing Las Vegas dreams and promising jobs. But if we allow them to make a casino at Point Molate, the drug dealing stays in Richmond, the loan sharking stays in Richmond, the poverty stays in Richmond, the crime stays in Richmond. If we approve the mega casino, what won’t stay in Richmond is the gambling money we’ll never see and the jobs we’ll never get. Call the Richmond City Council. Tell them no to the mega casino.