The D.C. Lottery has made a couple of tweaks to its lineup of community meetings on the controversial Internet gambling plan.
One change came as a surprise to some. The Ward 6 meeting originally set for last night at the Northwest One Library was quietly rescheduled earlier this month for Oct. 27. It has now been rescheduled again for Nov. 21 at Eastern Market.
Gabrielle Barry, a D.C. Lottery spokeswoman, said the change was made on the official schedule on the lottery Web site as early as Oct. 5, but the move was not publicized via a news release.
At least one interested party was surprised by the change. David Grosso, who is running as an independent for an at-large D.C. Council seat, showed up at the library for the meeting last night. “I got there, and there was note on the door,” he said. “Luckily it was on my way home, so it was no big deal.” Others were not so understanding: One anti-gambling activist complained online yesterday about the change, accusing lottery officials of “tampering with the process that they themselves established.”
The location of the Ward 2 meeting has also been changed, from Jelleff Recreation Center to the Martin Luther King Memorial Library downtown.
For an idea of what to expect at the remaining meetings, check out my rundown of last week’s Ward 5 meeting.
Here’s the updated lineup:
Nov. 1 — Ward 1: Marie Reed Learning Center, 2200 Champlain St. NW, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 10 — Ward 3: Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 15 — Ward 2: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 17 — Ward 8: Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Road SE, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Nov. 21— Ward 6: Eastern Market North Hall, 225 7th St. SE, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.