A sellout to big gambling
Saturday, January 12, 2008 See Editorial
The soothing commercials for Proposition 94-97 suggest their passage would offer a pain-free, $9 billion elixir for California's budget woes.
These measures are neither pain-free nor an elixir.
Passage of these propositions would allow four of the state's wealthiest tribes - Agua Caliente, Morongo, Pechanga, Sycuan - to dramatically expand their Southern California gambling operations by adding up to 17,000 Nevada-style slot machines. Their casinos in Riverside and San Diego counties would become among the world's largest.
That $9 billion "windfall" for state government - assuming the proponents' projections come to fruition - would not suddenly fall from the sky. It would come between now and 2030 and the additional state revenue from the new slots would amount to, at best, perhaps one-tenth of 1 percent of the state's budget. It is not even close to a panacea for the budget woes that are dominating today's headlines.
See the LINK above. This would give the 1800 strong big 4 tribes over 35 BILLION dollars. This, for a tribe like Pechanga, that has CHEATED their own people. Don't you think they would CHEAT the rest of California, too? I've been cheated as have over 400 caught up in the moratorium.... Pechanga has lied, cheated and stolen from their own people..... Don't let them do the same to you.