Making what seems like a veiled threat about the upcoming election, Pechanga Chairman Mark Macarro, noted for eliminating 25% of tribal citizens, issues a statement on the City of Temecula's decision to file suit.
STATEMENT OF PECHANGA TRIBAL CHAIRMAN MARK MACARRO
“This absurd lawsuit shows poor judgment by the city’s elected officials. The city council has done a great disservice to the people of Temecula by jeopardizing this very generous offer of $2.5 million per year. This, just weeks before the election.
“Although the city council commonly uses litigation as a tool to conduct business, for Pechanga it is a very serious matter that is not taken lightly. It is not our tradition to solve issues through litigation. This approach has enabled us to become Temecula’s top employer and largest economic contributor.
“As we have said all along, these funds are intended to mitigate reasonable off-reservation impacts, not solve city hall’s budget deficit.”
Mr. CHAIRMAN, it was not Pechanga's tradition to eliminate members from the tribe either, you pompous windbag.
OP: Chairman Macarro seems to think that Pechanga's lack of litigation has enabled the tribe to become Temecula's top employer. Remember when Pechanga SUED the state to keep us from voting on Prop. 94, claiming signature gathering was faulty? It's the gaming the citizens of CA has approved that enables Pechanga to employ the people it NEEDS for it's operation.
The CITY can mitigate impacts, by not holding or attending any more events at the Pechanga Resort and Casino. They can choose not to promote the casino on the city website. Remember, Temecula, that Pechanga has STOLEN over $250,000,000 from those they have exterminated from the tribe. They HAVE the money. They just don't want to pay YOU for your inconvenience.