Looting Hawaiian Gardens
Conference Statementby Mina K. Meyer
|by Mina K. Meyer, Co-Chair, Coalition for Justice in Hawaiian Gardens and Jerusalem
Originally published 10 July 2000
in general release
For several years the Coalition for Justice in Hawaiian
Gardens and Jerusalem has been attempting to bring out the truth of the situation
in Hawaiian Gardens where one man, Irving Moskowitz, and his legal counsel,
Beryl Weiner, have maneuvered and manipulated the City Government over and
over to enhance their own pocketbooks at the expense of a poor, primarily
immigrant, undereducated citizenry.
you read the report issued by the Joint Legislative Audit Committee you will
find that residents and officials were duped into thinking that becoming
a gambling mecca would bring the city and its residents great wealth in the
form of services performed and projects paid for. Instead, the City is without
funds to pay for basic services unless the owner of the Gambling empire,
Irving Moskowitz, chooses to give out some funds. Redevelopment funds by
law are never to be used for gambling, but not only were they used in this
improper way, at a number of junctures when the Redevelopment Agency didnt
have the money needed to move the project along, Moskowitz lent them the
money to be paid back out of future monies earned from gambling. In fact
the report states that the City should be repaid $12 million dollars.
legal counsel for Moskowitz, Beryl Weiner, served as legal counsel for the
Redevelopment Agency at the same time, without calling to the attention of
officials that this was a potential conflict of interest. The interests of
Moskowitz came first. The Redevelopment Agency ended up agreeing to pay for
all kinds of costs that the redeveloper, Moskowitz, should have paid for
in this "for profit" endeavor.
Additional investigation needs to be
done, as suggested in the report. We feel that our work has been vindicated.
We call for Attorney General Lockyer to take the Report under advisement
and not give Irving Moskowitz who has harmed the City of Hawaiian Gardens
so greatly, a permanent gambling license, but will instead help the City
get the $12 Million dollars from Moskowitz and look into the Civil and Criminal
remedies that the law allows.
READ THE OTHER STATEMENTS FROM THE JLAC PRESS CONFERENCE
Haim Dov Beliak | Rabbis
Steven Jacobs and Jerry Goldstein | Walter
McKinney | Mina
K. Meyer | Sharon
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