Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Casinos Hit Jackpot

After the recent news of unsafe conditions forcing the Temecula Band of Lusiseno Indians to close down it's dance venues, there is word in this article that they may not add all the slots they are allowed. How, then, will the state reach the $9 billion that the big four tribes promised us?

Add your comments to the article from the San Bernardino Sun


Casinos hit jackpot
Tribes quickly adding up to 17,000 slot machines
Joe Nelson, Staff Writer
Article Launched: 04/06/2008 10:41:31 PM PDT

Casinos owned and operated by Southern California Indian tribes have seen a proliferation in slot machines since voters and state and federal governments approved gambling expansion deals.
Those pacts are enabling tribes in the state to add 17,000 slot machines to their casinos. The state will receive a share of the profits until 2030.
The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians in January got the green light from the U.S. Department of the Interior to have up to 5,500 slot machines in its casino.
On its Web site, the tribe says it has more than 3,500 machines, up from 1,500 last year.
Three other Southern California tribes - the Morongo Band of Mission Indians in Cabazon, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in Palm Springs and the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians in Temecula - faced a referendum on the Feb. 5 ballot that voters approved.

Mejia said the number of slots that will be added in the future will be determined by market demand.
"If there isn't sufficient market demand, we're not going to put them in," Mejia said.

OP: Does that mean they LIED to us?

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