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Thursday, October 30, 2014
SACBEE Says MACARRO of Pechanga's AD is MOSTLY MISLEADING: That happens when his LIPS MOVE
Opponents of Proposition 48, a referendum on a state-tribal compact that would allow a Madera tribal casino, have taken to the airwaves with TV ads contending that the measure would set a precedent for off-reservation gambling. A yes vote on the measure upholds the compact; a no vote rejects it.
One of the ads features Mark Macarro, the chairman of the Temecula-area Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, one of California’s most politically influential tribes. The tribe has contributed more than $1 million to the No on 48 effort, which has raised $15.3 million this year compared to the $470,000 collected by the measure’s supporters. Table Mountain Rancheria in Friant, which operates a casino about 26 miles from the proposed casino site, has put up more than $10 million to defeat the referendum.
Following is a text of the ad and an analysis by Jim Miller of The Bee Capitol Bureau:
Mark Macarro: “More than a decade ago, we promised to limit casinos to existing tribal land. And you voted overwhelmingly to approve tribal gaming based on that promise....
SACBEE: In any event, nothing in the previous propositions restricted the behavior of the federal government, which has since designated the land in question as tribal. The U.S. Department of the Interior placed in trust 305 acres off Highway 99 in Madera for the purposes of allowing the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians to build a casino there. The decision effectively added the land to the tribe’s existing reservation near Yosemite.
Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/news/politics-government/election/ad-watch/article3427086.html#storylink=cp