CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 6, 2011 |
Katherine Siva Saubel, an elder of the Cahuilla Indian tribe of Southern California, once described herself as "just a voice in the wilderness all by myself. " She meant that she had few people with whom she could speak the Cahuilla language or sing the songs that conveyed her people's ancient stories. "My race," she told The Times in 2000, "is dying. " Now Saubel, long its feistiest guardian, has died. "It's a huge loss … the end of an era," said Nathalie Colin, an ethno-historian at the Malki Museum near Banning, which Saubel co-founded more than 45 years ago to preserve Cahuilla history and traditions.
September 19, 2008
Re "Stacked deck," editorial, Sept. 15 The Times' editorial too hastily criticizes the Legislature's effort to rein in the growing industry of unregulated charity casino bingo. The editorial failed to mention that operators of these machines are not currently subject to any regulatory oversight, nor is there any requirement to pay the charities a reasonable percentage of their income. The California attorney general said in May that these electronic bingo devices are unlawful under the California Penal Code and no longer should be used.
February 24, 2004 |
A MIRAGE, MAYBE? WE'RE HEADED BY CAR TO THE END of a smooth, wriggling blacktop road in a desert full of jagged edges, sharp needles and heavy sand. We rumble through the Coachella Valley, trailing clouds of dust, climb to a ridge, then step down between sun-blasted hillocks into a scene to startle and gladden any thirsty wanderer: Palm Canyon, gloriously moist, teeming with about 3,000 fan palms along a trickling creek. This is the largest natural palm oasis in North America.
March 15, 2003 |
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians has obtained $140 million in bank financing to build a $95-million casino in Palm Springs and repay construction loans for the Rancho Mirage gambling hall it opened in 2001, attorneys for the tribe said.
December 10, 2000 |
Richard Milanovich, who doesn't like to gamble because he doesn't like losing money, grins broadly from the podium at the Spa Hotel and Casino in downtown Palm Springs as he gives away a million dollars of the casino's gambling profits. "Oh, this is so much fun," he says, announcing a $150,000 donation to the Palm Springs Fire Department.
May 24, 1997 |
"You can't miss it," the casino manager said. And you can't. Past the giant grimacing terra cotta lizard, past Lost Goose Ranch and the "Beer to Go" market, way out in what looks like a boulder farm, you'll find it: The Cahuilla Creek Restaurant and Casino. Home of big-bucks bingo, a $4.95 grilled ham-and-cheese special and 205 electronic gambling machines that the federal government considers illegal.