No Eastie Casino: Everett Vote Reveals Lack
of Transparency and an Unfair Fight
MA).-On Saturday, roughly 6,000 Everett residents comprising 32
percent of registered voters cast votes on Steve Wynn's vision of a
waterfront casino in their town, approving the plan by a 6-to-1
margin. The lopsided result demonstrates just how effective a
one-sided, corporate-infused propaganda campaign can be when a
casino proposal is rammed through the process in eight months with
no chance for a substantial counterpoint to rise up.
"The Everett vote reveals deep flaws in the approval process set
forth by the Massachusetts State Legislature and Gaming Commission,"
said No Eastie Casino co-chair Celeste Myers. "Under the law, a
billionaire like Steve Wynn can spend any amount of money pushing
only the positives of his proposal, while residents who question a
casino development are handicapped every step of the way." We now
know Wynn spent $405,000 to influence votes in Everett. Noting that
the deal did not include an independent study of the costs Everett
residents and surrounding communities will face, Myers added, "With
big business teaming up with city governments, this is not a fair
fight - whether we are talking about Steve Wynn or Caesars / Suffolk
Downs. We are disturbed by the lack of transparency and real detail
that developers and city planners are making available to
residents-in Everett, and in Boston."