Friday, June 22, 2012

Fresno Accepts Chukchansi Tribe's BLOOD MONEY for Deadbeat Grizzlies Baseball Team

The MAYOR calls it character. It's blood money. Erick Rhoan of Strict Liability in Blog points us to the ABC story

The City of Fresno got a $350,000 check from the Picayune Rancheria of the Chukchansi Indians Thursday. The payment gets the Fresno Grizzlies up to date on its rent agreement with the city and is an important boost, for both the cash-strapped team and the city.

It's no secret that the Grizzlies have been struggling. The team lost more than $1 million in 2011, and had been falling behind on their lease payments. The check presented Thursday takes care of that -- but it's actually an advance for what Chukchansi Gold Resort and Casino owes the Grizzlies for naming rights on the stadium. In September, casino was scheduled to make a $1 million payment to the Grizzlies for those rights.

Mayor Ashley Swearengin said while the money given to the city by the casino Thursday will make up for what's owed in the current budget year and certainly helps cash flow, another $300,000 is due in the fall. "When you look at the rent credit that they have due, as well as the additional naming rights funds they have coming between now and September, the city has a reasonable level of confidence they're going to be even at the close of the season," said Swearengin.

OP: This does NOT show character, Mayor Swearengin, this is simply a PR stunt. Doing the right thing by bring all Chukchansi people home would show character. The people YOU accepted money from, threw a Chukchansi language speaker out of the tribe. They threw flaming logs into a group of protestors. They did not make their bedbug issus public until WELL after the fact. That is NOT CHARACTER.

While team management was absent from the press conference Thursday morning, Fresno Grizzlies Managing partner Chris Cummings issued a statement. The statement read, "I was surprised and pleased when Chukchansi offered their help. The best acts of generosity are the unexpected ones, and Chukchansi showed their true character in this process... With Chukchansi stepping up, the Grizzlies will be able to focus on sticking to our organization's promise: Entertainment for the whole family at an affordable price," said Cummings.

Read MORE about the DESPICABLE CHUKCHANSI TRIBE AT THESE LINKS: Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians

Chukchansi Issues

Chukchansi Council Dispute

Morris Reid

Fresno Bee

Dispute at Chukchansi

Violence on Elderly


O Pechanga said...

Here are fax numbers for Fresno City Council:

Blong Xiong
Councilmember District 1
Email FAX (559) 268-1043 Sal Quintero
Councilmember District 5
Email FAX (559) 490-5395
Andreas Borgeas
Councilmember District 2
Email FAX (559) 621-7892 Lee Brand
Councilmember District 6
Email FAX (559) 621-7896
Oliver L. Baines III
Councilmember District 3
Email FAX (559) 621-7893 Clint Olivier
Councilmember District 7
Email FAX (559) 498-2541
Larry Westerlund
Councilmember District 4
Email FAX (559) 621-7848

Anonymous said...

I'm happy to see native peoples supporting their surrounding communities.

for ALL nations...for ALL chukchansi people said...

rick is absolutely right...this "support" of the grizzlies by picayune is PURELY an attempt to clean up the nasty image they have created for themselves over the past several months...

it is reported that revenue at chukchansi gold has taken a huge hit over the past six months following the disputes over disenrollment, tribal council, bed bugs etc.

and, by the way--it has now been reported that the SECOND tower at chukchansi gold is heavily infested with bed bugs as well!!!!

furthermore, another 200 chukchansi people reportedly have letters ready to go in emplementing a NEW wave of is reported that now the allottment lines are being redrawn, and a 1/4 chukchansi blood quantum will be implemented as well...


!!!bring the people--ALL the people--home to picayune!!!!

Anonymous said...

What next? They call themselves leaders...of what...there is no Tribe at this point!

Anonymous said...

what Chuk Lang speaker (you claim) was thrown out? Lets be official b/c I would challenge your representation of wht a "speaker" is.. i dont belive you..