Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Temecula - Pechanga's Complex Relationship.

The Press Enterprise has a loving article (towards Pechanga)in todays edition. It's comical that anytime something bad happens at Soboba it's front page news. Issues with Pechanga.....swept under the rug.

When it comes to complicated relationships, the one between the Pechanga Resort & Casino and the city of Temecula ranks right up there with any tortured celebrity romance.

The casino brags it's the biggest and best in California. Temecula boosters are happily capitalize on that claim, gleefully noting that a weekend getaway here includes Wine Country, Old Town, golfing and gambling tables.

The casino has showered area charities with cash. Southwest Riverside County high schools have received $2.5 million since 1998 from the casino, funding scholarships to athletic supplies. The casino donated another $1.5 million toward construction projects for the area Southwest Boys & Girls Clubs.  OP:  To put this into perspective, in just the past six years, Pechanga has paid out over $1 BILLION in per capita, just the normal 3% in charitable giving would be about $30 million.  This is much less.

The casino is a major area employer. Pechanga public affairs representative Jacob Mejia estimates that, within Temecula alone, the tribe's economic impact results indirectly in more than 11,000 jobs.   OP:  Really Jacob?  Show us your math, how do you come to these figures.   What would happen if the casino shut down tomorrow?  Would the local citizenry suddenly quit spending their dollars, or would they spend it elsewhere?

That's a major economic force. In these tough times, who would want to mess with that? Yet that's what the city of Temecula is daring to do with last week's lawsuit against the Pechanga Band of LuiseƱo Indians.  OP:  Yes, DARING to stand up for what is right, just as they stood up for Pechanga to get their expanded gaming.

The argument is over a March agreement between the tribe and city, calling on Pechanga to pay the city at least $2 million annually to cover casino-related expenses such as police. In addition, the tribe agreed to contribute $10 million or secure federal dollars in the same amount to improve a brutal Interstate 15 interchange near the casino, one often tied up with gambler traffic.

The city expected the tribe to pay by June 30, but Pechanga contended the agreement isn't final until talks with Riverside County are done.   OP:   And we all know how trustworthy Pechanga is, don't we?    anyone? Anyone?

Read the rest of the article  HERE     But also read THIS POST   about a neighbor that does bad deeds. 
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