Governor backs bid to block vote on casino pacts
By JIM MILLER
Gov. Schwarzenegger has gotten involved in a Coachella Valley tribe's lawsuit seeking to block a public vote on its renegotiated gambling compacts with the state.
This week's filing in Sacramento County Superior Court came as election officials certified Feb. 5 voter referendum measures on casino-expansion deals between the state and four tribes, three of them in Riverside County.
In the filing, Schwarzenegger's top attorney urges a quick resolution of the suit by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians to avoid the loss of expected compact revenue and the costs of printing additional ballots.
"This, of course, is in addition to the millions of dollars that will be spent by interested parties on a campaign that is likely to be quite divisive and will undoubtedly distract voters from other important issues on the ballot," Andrea Hoch, Schwarzenegger's legal secretary, writes in Monday's brief.
OP: Andrea, what can be more divisive than the PECHANGA tribal council ripping 25% of their people apart from the tribe. Destroying their heritage and accepting hearsay evidence, rather than sworn testimony from those ALIVE with Paulina and concrete evidence from Pechanga's expert?
The tribe's suit argues that its casino compact is exempt from the referendum challenges.
A hearing on the case is scheduled for next week.
Can we pass out flyers at the hearing?
UPDATE: The referenda on the Indian Gaming Compacts have qualified. They will be Props 94 (Pechanga), 95 (Morongo), 96 (Sycuan), and 97 (Agua Caliente). There was a little bit of a debate about these during the E-Board in Anaheim. UNITE-HERE is gearing up to fight these, AS ARE WE!