Friday, November 30, 2007

CalFedTeachers: NO to Pechanga, no on 94,95,96,97

Big 4 Gambling Deals – A Bad Deal For Education And For California--“No” on 94, 95, 96 and 97
By Marty HittelmanPresidentCalifornia Federation of Teachers

Every once in a while voters get a chance to correct a legislative mistake. The Secretary of State has officially qualified four referenda, Propositions 94, 95, 96 and 97, for the February 5, 2008 ballot. That means voters will have a chance to reverse the “sweet heart deal” that the governor and the majority of the legislature made with a few wealthy Tribes. Of course, I’m referring to the Big 4 Gambling Deals -- a political giveaway that would result in unfairly benefiting four of the state’s wealthiest and most powerful Indian tribes at the expense of other tribes, workers and taxpayers. OP: Not to mention rewarding Pechanga for violating the civil and human rights of 25% of their membership.

As an educator, these deals are especially bad because those behind them promise schools will benefit, when the truth is, not one penny is guaranteed to education.
We’ve arrived at this point after these Big 4 Tribes -- Pechanga, Morongo, Sycuan and Agua Caliente – spent millions in campaign contributions to cut themselves a Sacramento deal that dramatically shifts the state’s gaming policy from modest growth to rapid expansion. During the past few months, they spent millions more trying to keep their deals off the ballot by hiring people to block the signature-gathering effort. However, nearly three million referendum signatures were collected to demand the opportunity voters now have to cast a vote against these terrible deals. OP: Thats more than 15% of the adult population of CA signing the petitions.

Now that they’re in the position of selling their deals to California voters, they’re making misleading claims about the benefits to the state.

Now is the time for commenting at the article


Pechanga Member 1130 said...

This isnt just about Pechanga. This is a statement for Californian's to make against tribes who deny civil right to their members. If one tribe does it...All should be held to account. Vote NO 94, 95,96,97

Creeper said...

I SAY VOTE NO ON ANY GAMBLING EXPANSIONS, untill Pechanga reinstates all civil, human and tribal rights to the families that they disenrolled and to those that are in an illegal moratorium. This Tribe spends millions of dollars on advertising and pleads with the Public of how much they need this deal. Why? The Pechanga tribe does not live in poverty, and after speaking with various Indian help centers in the Inland empire, they don't donate a hole hell of a lot to the poorer Tribes. Charity truly starts at home, in to their own pockets so to speak.

OPechanga said...

Pechanga is conveniently leaving out that the Big 4 tribes are going to get 18 BILLION in this deal.

Anonymous said...

Do not be mislead by the Big 4's propaganda machine. Vote NO on 94,95,96,97. Violators of civil rights should not be rewarded!!!

Anonymous said...

As a former dealer that got screwed over by Larry Miranda and Jim Russell, Ilost my home, my job, and had to declare bankruptcy because of all the dealers tokes that those guys stole. I have a newborn child as well.

They skimmed millions from the Carribean Stud Jackpot, and the Progressive Blackjack Jackpot...not to mention all the "dissapearing" slot tips and dealers tips.

Give them more money...HAH! How much is enough? Bulls and bears make money, but pigs get stuck. And in Pechanga's case, they even stick it to each other. What a surprise!

Organized crime has a new title in the 21st century. Its called tribal gaming.