Governor, the tribes have already paid this money into the funds and it should have been dispersed already. You are playing a shell game with our cities money and with our votes. You said gambling compacts would be good for California, and you allow Sycuan to get away with NOT paying $30 million that we need. You knew they hadn't passed the compact. GIVE OUR CITIES the money the Tribes have already paid for. YOU KNOW that money will go away soon anyway as you hide it in the general fund.
Valley leaders fear that loss of money could have big impactDebra GruszeckiThe Desert Sun
SACRAMENTO - The $30 million freeze on the Indian Gaming Special Distribution Fund has prompted a field trip to Sacramento by a contingent of Riverside County and Coachella Valley leaders.
The delegation - including leaders from Cathedral City, Coachella, Indio and Palm Springs - is expected to testify today that Assembly Bill 1389 offered by Majority Floor Leader Alberto Torrico offers positive reform.
But it falls short, they plan to say, because it lacks an amendment to reauthorize the inclusion of the $30 million in tribal Special Distribution Fund monies that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed from the 2007-08 budget bill.
That fund put more than $13 million in Riverside County in the fiscal year that ends next week.
The veto followed a California State Audit report that found some California counties outside of Riverside had spent casino mitigation funds on questionable items such as a $170,000 rescue ambulance boat for Lake Havasu with no Indian casinos near the lake.
Palm Springs City Manager David Ready said Riverside County and cities impacted by the casinos complied with all regulations involving these funds,
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