Tribes like the corruption riddled Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians REALLY don't want to lose market share. They got theirs, so they want to keep it, not expand gaming. We don't support off reservation casinos, but with the choice being helping Chukchansi, it's hard to choose the right thing.
Opponents, including the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians near Temecula and Morongo Band of Mission Indians near Banning, argue that the pact will lead to “casino-shopping” by tribes and investors trying to open casinos in places such as Barstow. Funny how Pechanga didn't care about the law when they added Class II machines to their limit of 2,000 machines against state law...
Supporters of a controversial casino agreement between the state and a Madera County tribe have opened a fundraising committee. The action comes two weeks before the deadline for the deal’s opponents to turn in voter signatures seeking to put the issue on the ballot.
If it qualifies for the June 2014 ballot, the referendum on this year’s legislation ratifying the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians’ compact would be the first since voters considered casino-expansion deals for a trio of Riverside County tribes in February 2008.
A committee called “Voters for Central Valley Jobs and the Environment, a coalition of tribes, labor organizations, business and environmental groups, North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians and Station Casino LLC” this week filed paperwork with the secretary of state’s office. Las Vegas-based Station Casino is the developer of the North Fork project.
The committee has not reported any contributions.
Ratified by the Legislature in June, the agreement between the North Fork tribe and the Brown administration allows the tribe to open a casino with 2,000 slot machines along Highway 99 in Madera, about 38 miles west of the its rural reservation near Yosemite National Park.
Supporters, including the Brown administration and the California Labor Federation, say the 20-year pact would help the economy in the high-unemployment Central Valley.