It looks like the hold that the Masiel-Basquez-Salazar line of people have lost their 'aura' of invincibility.
Andy Masiel could manage just 129 votes, which means that few, other than his extended family voted for him. Contrast that to the 2004 when 83% of the Pechanga electorate voted, and Masiel, (whose Uncle is a Soboba member) received 324 votes.
Voting was in the low 60% range this election.
Donna Barron and Mark Luker, who were not supported by the CPP in the 2006 election, were again elected to the tribal council.
Could the impending criminal indictments have cast a shadow over these elections? Certainly, they carried some weight.
CONGRATULATIONS to Gabriel Pico for gaining a seat on the Tribal Council. We also congratulate Ken Perez.