Shouldn't the PEOPLE of California decide what THEY want in internet gaming? Why are tribes that are shrinking their membership to steal their money get a say on how CA should benefit from Internet Poker?
Dave Palermo's blog says: Three politically powerful California tribes and 24 card rooms are recommending to state Assembly sponsors of Internet poker bills that “bad actor” language should be softened and website licensing eligibility be extended to horse racing associations.
The recommendations were outlined in a Feb. 10 letter to Assemblymen Reginald Jones-Sawyer and Mike Gatto signed by chairmen of the Rincon and Pala bands of Luiseño Indians and United Auburn Indian Community. The card rooms were not identified. OP: But, Pala is a scumbag organization,with their chairman, the DESPICABLE ROBERT SMITH, destroyer of heritage of his people.
The letter apparently signals at least an informal alliance between the three tribes and a coalition consisting of the Morongo and San Manuel bands of mission Indians, three Los Angeles area card rooms and Amaya/PokerStars.
The Morongo/San Manuel coalition is not opposed to licensing tracks but objects to “bad actor” language in prior legislation the group believes is intended to keep PokerStars out of the California market. OP: It's difficult for tribes to be concerned about bad actors, when they are SURROUNDED by them. Pechanga, Pala.
The letter also politically segregates the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians and Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians who oppose licensing tracks and easing prohibitions on firms that took U.S. wagers after passage in 2006 of the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.
The letter was disclosed Thursday during an at times heated meeting of tribal leaders at Harrah’s Rincon Resort near San Diego, site of the annual Western Indian Gaming Conference.
Pechanga Chairman Mark Macarro called the gathering “very disappointing,” particularly when the letter was circulated among representatives of the nine tribes at the meeting. Morongo and San Manuel did not attend the meeting, though they were invited.
“Unfortunately, the letter, which tribes did not know of until arriving at the meeting, effectively capitulates on principles of great importance for tribal rights and future tribal generations,” Macarro said.
“The ploy was disingenuous and disrespectful toward most tribes attending today’s meeting. Clearly we have a long way to go resolve the outstanding issues.”
That's rich..Macarro concerned about respect, when he's disrespected his entire tribe by not following the will of the people.