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Hawthorne Mayor Bets on Gambling to Save City

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For several years, the City of Hawthorne has been struggling financially. The budget is $6 million dollars in the red. The city is dealing with a 13% unemployment rate. The Hawthorne Plaza which is smack in the middle of the city, shut down in the late 1990's and nothing has been rebuilt in its place.

Mayor Brown says it's all too depressing and that's why he wants to build a casino that will generate millions of dollars and provide high paying jobs. But at Tuesday night's City Council meeting, most residents expressed their strong opposition.

One woman said, "Casinos exploit the poorest of our citizens and there is absolutely no assurance that any new jobs would be for the benefit of the residents of Hawthorne."

Another man explained that casinos could bring crime and prostitution and that's not something he wants in his city. Despite the negative reaction, Mayor Brown says he'll continue to meet with residents and he's hoping to convince the council to approve the measure to be placed on the November ballot.

Brown says, "At the end of the day, it's up to the people to vote in November and that's what the objective is."

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