|English: Revel in Atlantic City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
DOMINOES AC STYLE
First there was the closing of The Atlantic Club in April of this year and then like a real life game of HUGE Dominoes they began to fall one after another, Showboat was next on. Aug. 31st and soon Trump Plaza and then finally with a huge crash and roar will finally fall REVEL! The big question then left hanging in the air is who will fall next, will it be the Trump Taj the last Casino with the Donald's degraded and corrupted name on it it, a testament to his colossal empty EGO and to everything that has gone wrong in America these last 40 yrs., or will it be Ballys or Resorts? Nobody at this juncture in this fatal game of City wide destruction really knows. The only thing we are sure of is that this game isn't over yet and so who will be left standing when the dust finally settles is anyone's guess?
Four years ago this fall Gov. Christie came to AC promising he would save the town and he declared an economic emergency in AC and essentially took over. By that moment in time AC had already suffered three years of steeply declining Casino revenue and things were getting worse both here and in the rest of the country. In fact the DEPRESSION had only just begun for most Americans and it seemed AC was leading the way down. Today 7 yrs. later while many other regions and cities of the country seem to be slowly recovering from this economic and social calamity AC is going down hard, no thanks to the Gov. AC's factories of greed are closing up and moving away just like many of the rust belt cities like Detroit, Toledo. Cleveland and many others had happen to them a generation ago as America's factories and plants closed up and moved off to China and other cheap labor and low regulation dictatorships and crony capitalist countries like India and Malaysia, Bangla Desh and others. What was left here after that was a growing gaming Industry. Americans now out of work with millions of baby boomers retiring had nothing left to do but gamble away what little they have left trying to make one last stab at the good life. That's now starting to come to an end as more and more of these toxic places spread across the landscape like so many huge vacuum cleaners sucking up every last spare dime we have and then my guess is they will all vanish just as they appeared. In their wake will be a ravaged and transformed American landscape pocked marked with abandoned strip malls and empty parking lots. Like so many later day OKIES and HOBOS millions upon millions of Americans will find themselves living in campsites and trailer parks moving about from one part-time job to another. The Golden dream of Middle Class America will have ended.
THE ELITE - 10%
The ELITE ( the top 10%) will be living larger then ever in the times coming, having sucked up most of the land, stocks and bonds other assets of society and now mostly living in walled compounds and elite cities ( for protection from the 90%) like the wealthy few in the rest of the third and fourth world countries on Earth. They'll be living like neo-feudal Lords with an increasingly militarized police state to protect them and itself, as everyone else lives on whatever meager scraps they can scrounge up. ( The Real life Hunger Games society.) Its a dark vision and sadly its already developing as I write this. In just a few days in AC over 8 K people will lose their jobs ( almost 20% of the present Casino workforce) and many their homes. Many more local small businesses will fail next as the ripple effect of all those lost jobs impacts the surrounding communities and with them even more people will be laid off. However, for the top 10% it will just be another buying opportunity. Such as it is in the "winners take all " society that has developed in America today.
AS FOR LEADERSHIP TODAY
Saturday, August 30, 2014
Its Labor Day Weekend in AC and many of the Casinos will be closing after the holiday and laying off thousands of working people.Then to add an extra dollop of misery to this shit cake, on Sept. 8th Gov. Christie is coming to AC to probably tell us of his plan to allow Casinos in other parts of NJ as his plan LOL to save us once again. Anymore of his plans and there won't be much left of us to save.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Here we go again. One year ago, two of Margate's Commissioner's, Mayor Becker and Commissioner Taube insisted that unless they held a non-binding referendum last Nov. they couldn't make any decisions about how Margate should proceed in relation to the ongoing Absecon Island Shore Protection Racket. They told us then that they needed a non-binding referendum to put this question to the voters and that they would then have the direction they needed going forward to either join the Beach Project if the voters said Yes, or to do what was necessary to not join it if they said No. The PEOPLE spoke LOUD and CLEAR 2 to 1 against the PROJECT! Unfortunately, as I predicted back then, neither of these two were to be trusted in a non-binding election. Sadly, I was right ! So, what are the real reasons behind this next referendum?
THE REAL REASONS WHY
Now Taube and Becker want us to believe that its not they don't know what the voters in Margate want as regards this issue, its whether these same voters want to spend any $$ to defend Margate's right to stay out of the project and in so doing mount whatever legal challenges are required to further that end. In fact, they've already rigged the vote by writing the referendum question in such as way as to limit the amount of money to ( 200K) to be spent whether we vote YES or No. So, what they are really saying right up front is, no matter whether YOU the voters want to fight this or not, we don't. And if you Vote YES, we will only spend 200K in pursuit of a challenge, no matter what the actual amount required to win such a challenge might really be. So, in reality the very wording of the referendum is already telling you they intend to surrender even if you vote YES. Its pretty obvious that given the situation, neither of them really want to go forward and fight the Governor's tyrannical and petulant demand that Margate be FORCED against its people's will to be part of the State's plan for its beaches. So why not just be honest and say no right up front to any further spending? Because, they have a political problem. You told them last fall to stay out of the Project, that you don't want to join or be joined involuntarily and they know that. So now they need to muddy the water by having us vote to LIMIT the fight, because they are COWARDS and KNAVES and only one of them has the BALLS ( Taube) to just step up and say were joining, whether we want to or not and why. So, not being able to get Mayor Becker to just openly join, instead they're going to let him join passively, whining like a 6 yr. old the whole way. In so doing, they've decided on a strategy of tying us up in another meaningless election. If they lose, they'll just move the goal posts again. All of this is so they can both go to the voters in next springs Commission elections and beat their chests about how hard they fought to stay out of the Project to no avail and that they just didn't want to spend tax payer $ needlessly in a futile attempt to fight the Gov's / Dictator's emergency decree. BULLSHIT!
TO DEFEND OR TO SURRENDER IS THE REAL QUESTION
Here's how I see this phony baloney referendum. Its NOT really about $$ at all. It's about perception and politics. Becker and Taube want to be seen as responsible. Their NOT. Neither are they honest. They both want to have us waste our time and money fighting them and not fighting the "powers to be" that want to take our beaches from us forever and hand us the bill. That's their part of the game here folks. To run the clock out on us. They've already surrendered to the OUTSIDE POWERS that want that $20 mil. to ruin our beaches for the rest of our lifetimes. So no matter what happens, what we need to do on Nov. 4th is say YES. YES we want to DEFEND Margate's RIGHT to say NO, to a bunch of self-interested thieving extortionists that claim that THEY have the right to just come here from DC and Trenton and smash and grab our LAND!! The Vote on Nov. 4th then isn't about spending MONEY, its about whether to DEFEND or to SURRENDER! Becker and Abbott are a 5th column of defeatists. Taube is at least up front about being on the Gov.'s and Army/NJDEP's team. Becker and his Machiavellian Solicitor and adviser Scott Abbott, want us to believe they just want our advice, AGAIN!! They don't and they have no intention of taking it even if we give it. Nonetheless, we need to send them another message this fall. SO I ask you to VOTE YES on Nov. 4th - TO DEFEND MARGATE'S right to manage it's own beaches as it sees fit. Then we'll have to deal with Becker and Taube next spring when they come up for reelection.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
MARGATE TO HOLD A SPECIAL MEETING ( For Summer residents as well) 10AM TODAY @ THE UNION AVE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX
|Lucy the Elephant in Margate City, New Jersey (photo taken July 2004) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Dear Friends (especially Summer Residents)
Margate Commissioners are providing you the opportunity to have your voice heard at a Special Meeting on for (but not limited to) Margate summer residents at the Municipal Building on the corner of Union and Winchester Avenues.
Although as summer residents you can't vote in Margate elections, you have the right to make your voice heard to the full Commission about the Dune Project. Dunes are a redundant and costly endeavor. This project will dramatically alter the beaches and increase City spending for many years into the future.
In spite of a November 2013 referendum in which 65% vote against the Dune Project, Mayor Becker and Commissioner Taube approved yet another referendum for the November 2014 election to ask the voters if they want to spend up to $200,000 to protect their beaches and their vote.
This may be your one and only opportunity for you to ask questions, express your concerns and hear directly from the Commission about the long term financial impact the Dune Project will have on our community. Cost projections for beach replenishment every 3 years for the next 50 years are estimated to cost Margate taxpayers approximately $20,000,000.00. Also, the Dunes will result in approximately $100,000 per year in maintenance and repair costs, potentially $25,000 per summer in increased police patrols and hefty legal fees to defend tax appeals that will likely exceed $50,000. Two outside attorneys retained by the City project that a legal challenge to honor the will of the people in attempt to keep this unnecessary project off our beautiful beaches could cost between $30,000 and $200,000….one time! .
Please come to this very important meeting and find out why the majority of the Commission is ignoring the will of the people when the cost to protect their vote, their beaches and the City's tax base is negligible compared to the immediate and long-term costs of the Dune Project. These are your hard earned tax dollars and you have every right to be part of the decision of how they will be spent.
Friday, August 22, 2014
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
With as many as four casinos shutting down in Atlantic City by the end of September, New Jersey is suddenly awash in plans for, well, more casinos.
The Meadowlands Regional Chamber of Commerce is to unveil plans on Tuesday for a Las Vegas-style casino, two 1,000-room hotels, a one-million-square-foot convention center and a youth sports center at the Meadowlands Sports Complex, less than nine miles west of Manhattan.
The chamber says that it could be the most successful casino in the world, sitting northeast of MetLife Stadium, next to the planned American Dream shopping mall, water park and amusement park, and so close to New York City.
“We can turn this place into a fabulous sports and entertainment complex with elements for everybody,” said Jim Kirkos, chief executive of the Meadowlands Chamber, which has 1,120 corporate members. “We can really create an economic engine and make it a destination.”
Similar claims of glamorous, revenue-generating machines are being made by companies in New York State that are vying for casino licenses at locations within 50 miles of Manhattan.
But even as casino fever is intensifying near New York City, in Atlantic City, where the industry was once thriving, the picture is much bleaker.
The Atlantic Club casino closed in January; the Showboat casino announced that it would close Aug. 31; the Revel is to close in September, as is Trump Plaza.
The Meadowlands proposal, or vision, was prompted by discussions among Gov. Chris Christie; Stephen M. Sweeney, president of the State Senate; and other legislators about a constitutional amendment that would allow casinos outside Atlantic City.
This month, Governor Christie announced that he would convene a “summit” of local and state officials on Sept. 8 to discuss the future of Atlantic City.
“We’re happy that all of a sudden there’s this dialogue about gaming outside of Atlantic City,” Mr. Kirkos said.
For decades, there has been a political taboo against the expansion of casino gambling beyond Atlantic City for fear of undermining the 12 casinos there.
But Atlantic City casinos have been battered by the proliferation of casinos in surrounding states, especially Pennsylvania. Revenues have fallen by half since 2006. And now New York plans to license full-scale casinos within a short car ride of northern New Jersey and New York City.
So even as Atlantic City struggles to reinvent itself as a seaside resort and convention city that also happens to have gambling, some legislators, developers and gambling companies are looking to shore up New Jersey’s flanks against more competition.
“You’re losing four casinos in Atlantic City,” said Alan Woinski, publisher of Gaming Industry Weekly Report. “Why don’t you open a casino in another part of New Jersey? The customer in North Jersey is not going to Atlantic City anymore. They drive 70 minutes to Sands Bethlehem casino or to Yonkers.”
In July, Paul Fireman, the former chairman of Reebok International,proposed a $4.6 billion casino project with a 95-story skyscraper at the southern end of Jersey City, next to his 160-acre Liberty National Golf Course, a relatively remote location with spectacular views of Lower Manhattan.
Jersey City’s mayor, Steven M. Fulop, a supporter of the project, claimed that “it would be the highest-grossing casino in the United States.”
But proponents will have to overcome the misgivings of officials from South Jersey, where thousands of Atlantic City casino workers make their homes.
In a separate proposal, Jeff Gural, a New York real estate investor, wants to install slot machines at the Meadowlands Sports Complex, where he runs the racetrack and recently built an $88 million grandstand.
Mr. Gural is not looking to build a destination resort that would compete with Atlantic City. Under his proposal, he would operate slot machines at a 55 percent tax rate, with nearly half of the revenue dedicated to rebuilding Atlantic City as a resort.
“We have to come up with a plan that helps Atlantic City, and doesn’t put it out of business,” Mr. Gural said. “That’s in no one’s best interest.”
But the Meadowlands Chamber has much more ambitious plans.
Its proposal is to build a hotel and a convention hall, a large casino and a youth sports center in a building next to the vacant Izod arena. There would be a second, 1,000-room hotel next to the Meadowlands racetrack.
The proposal calls for up to 20,000 additional parking spaces in garages scattered across the 750-acre sports complex. In addition, a 1.5-mile monorail or “people mover” would transport visitors around the complex.
“We don’t only want a casino,” Mr. Kirkos said. “I want a convention center, a couple of quality hotels. I want it all.”
Raymond J. Lesniak, a state senator from North Jersey, is not so sure. He said he, too, welcomed a discussion about expanding casinos beyond Atlantic City. Any proposal, he said, had to help Atlantic City transform itself. Mr. Lesniak dismissed the proposal for a Las Vegas-style casino in the Meadowlands, in favor of one overlooking the New York skyline.
“The proposal for a megacasino at the Jersey City site” and a slot parlor in the Meadowlands, Mr. Lesniak said, “could produce in excess of a billion dollars over 10 years to be reinvested in Atlantic City.”