Gambling agreements greenlighted
TRIBES: Opponents call for an investigation into the government's decision to approve the compacts.
10:00 PM PST on Wednesday, December 19, 2007
By JIM MILLER Sacramento Bureau
The federal government gave final approval Wednesday to gambling agreements between the state and four Southern California tribes, nearly seven weeks before state voters will be able to accept or reject the deals.
Opponents criticized the decision and called for an investigation.
The agreements, known as compacts, cover the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in the Coachella Valley; the Morongo Band of Mission Indians near Banning; the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians near Temecula; and the Sycuan band in San Diego County.
In September, with no announcement, Secretary of State Debra Bowen's office forwarded the pacts to Washington for review by the Interior Department. The agreements surfaced in late November and received automatic approval because a 45-day review period had expired. OP: Let's see, a compact that explodes Indian Gaming in California, is in the Interior Departments hands for 45 days and nobody KNOWS about it? Please...
If it looks like bulls**t and smells like bulls**t..... it's probably bulls**t.
"With publication, the governor, state legislature, and now the federal government have all approved the agreement. Clearly the efforts to break these comprehensive agreements are a waste of time and money for the people of California," Pechanga Chairman Mark Macarro said in a statement. Translation: We are going to do what WE want, we don't care about what the citizens of California want.
VOTE NO in Expanded gaming.