Friday, December 7, 2007

Pechanga: Tribes must Halt All Efforts to Add Illegal Slots

Tribes Must Halt All Efforts to Add Illegal Slots in California
By Cheryl A. Schmit
Founder and Director of Stand Up for California ARTICLE HERE

You may have read one of the numerous news reports that somehow the unfair gambling deals the Big 4 tribes cut for themselves in Sacramento – and that await voters as Propositions 94, 95, 96 and 97 on the February 5 ballot – have been approved by the federal government. That’s not quite true for a number of reasons.

The compact must first be validly entered into under state constitutional law. Since nearly 3 million signatures were gathered to put the deals on the ballot, the deals await the decision of California voters under the referendum process authorized in the State Constitution. If voters reject the deals, California can’t be a party to them and there would be nothing for the federal government to review or approve.

Nevertheless, even if the federal government were to publish the authorization of the tribal state compacts in the Federal Register the Secretary’s approval cannot give life to a compact which is considered void on Feb. 5th by California voters, or determined by the courts to be void from the beginning (ab initio). To date, the federal government has indicated it will postpone publishing anything in the Federal Register. We applaud this decision. Unfortunately, the federal government’s respect for California’s referendum process is not shared by the Pechanga tribe in Temecula. The chairman of the tribe has told numerous reporters that they have plans to move forward with adding what would be illegal slot machines to their casino.

Read the rest at the link above. Chairman Macarro's cousin Victor calls Cheryl a shill. As one whose site gets ad monies and links to the Casino, he may be an expert. Takes one to know one, such as when Macarro called the unions Corrupt.
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