Guam – Virtually all of the island’s Mayor’s and Vice-Mayors have issued a statement expressing their opposition to Prop “A”, the for-profit Bingo initiative.
Vice Mayor Robert Hofman said the statement was issued following a series of village meetings. No formal vote was taken, but the Mayors and Vice-Mayors listed in the statement were asked and responded that they oppose the initiative.
Hofman says there was one exception, Asan-Maina Mayor Benny San Nicolas who said he supports Prop “A” and as a result his name is not listed on the statement from the other Mayors and Vice-Mayors below. Hofmann also says Talofofo Mayor Ben Taitague did not return calls and had no response.
READ the statement in FULL below:
GUAM MAYORS AND VICE MAYORS OPPOSE PROP A
November 4, 2012 Hagatna, Guam. After hosting several village meetings regarding the Guam Japan Friendship Village’ proposal for “For-Profit Bingo”, the Guam Mayors and Vice Mayors have voiced their opposition on Prop A.
Chalan Pago Ordot Mayor Jessy Gogue adds “Whether you are “in favor of” or “against” the idea of allowing another Bingo Facility to be opened on Guam, what you are casting your “Vote” on is more than just a law that will allow a “For Profit Bingo”. Your Vote will determine the implementation of a new law that our people did not provide input on before it was turned in to the Guam Election Commission; and, which cannot be amended by our Legislature for another two years.”
Mayor Gogue continues “If a company such as the Guam Japan Friendship Village believed that their idea was good for Guam they would have brought it to the People and gathered our input surrounding their newly proposed law instead of “paying” for the signatures to those who circulated and signed their petition.”
“This initiative is fundamentally flawed and the issues and concerns raised by the Committee to Keep Guam Good are valid. We stand with the Democratic Party of Guam, the Republican Party of Guam, and the Guam Chinese Chamber of Commerce in voting NO.” Dededo Mayor Melissa Savares adds
We Mayors and Vice Mayors of Guam oppose Proposal A – The For Profit Bingo Initiative – and we call upon our all village constituents, friends and supporters to vote against Proposal A.
Mayor Paul M. McDonald, Agana Heights
Mayor Carol S. Tayama, Agat
Mayor Jessie B. Palican, Barrigada
Mayor Jessy C. Gogue, Chalan Pago Ordot
Mayor Melissa B. Savares, Dededo
Mayor John A. Cruz, Hagatna
Mayor Franklin M. Taitague, Inarajan
Mayor Nonito C. Blas, Mangilao
Mayor Ernest T. Chagualaf, Merizo
Mayor Andrew “Andy” Villagomez, Mongmong Toto Maite
Mayor Vicente D. Gumataotao, Piti
Mayor Dale E. Alvarez, Santa Rita
Mayor Roke B. Blas, Sinajana
Mayor Francisco C. Blas, Tamuning, Tumon, Harmon
Mayor Dean D. Sanchez, Umatac
Mayor Robert S. Lizama, Yigo
Mayor Jose “Pedo” T. Terlaje, Yona
Vice Mayor Agustin Quintanilla, Agat
Vice Mayor June U. Blas, Barrigada Vice Mayor Vice Mayor A. “Peter Daigo” A. Benavente, Dededo
Vice Mayor Allan R.G. Ungacta, Mangilao
Vice Mayor Robert RDC Hofmann, Sinajana
Vice Mayor Louise C. Rivera, Tamuning Tumon Harmon
Vice Mayor Ronald “Ron” J. Flores, Yigo