CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 2, 2001 |
It's just before midnight. Wrinkled old men sit in wrinkled old chairs, drinking beer and telling lies while they await their next hand of Texas hold 'em poker under a harsh bank of fluorescents at the Lake Elsinore Hotel and Casino. Almost predictably, someone has played Billy Joel's "Piano Man" at the bar, and the words--"the regular crowd shuffles in"--float into the card club.
March 3, 2000 |
Democratic U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, borne by a rising tide of voter appreciation of her terms in office, holds an imposing lead over her Republican opponents as California's primary nears, a new Los Angeles Times poll has found. Californians also strongly support ballot initiatives that would allow expanded gambling on Native American lands and would restrict marriages to those between men and women, the poll found.
February 29, 2000 |
Proponents of Proposition 1A have doubled the size of their campaign war chest over the past month and have now raised about $21 million, new campaign finance reports show. That's far less than the $68.6 million raised in 1998 by proponents of a similar effort, Proposition 5, which ultimately was declared unconstitutional by the state Supreme Court.
February 19, 2000 |
If California voters approve Nevada-style gambling on Indian reservations next month, state authorities will lack clear powers held by Nevada to block convicted felons from working at casinos, conduct unannounced inspections or settle disputes. Polls show that California voters overwhelmingly favor Proposition 1A, the measure on the March 7 ballot that for the first time would legalize a broad range of casino-style gambling in the state. However, under an agreement negotiated by Gov.
March 30, 2000 |
An Indian tribe's plan to operate a gambling cruise ship between San Diego and Rosarito Beach was delayed Wednesday when the state Senate took the bill back from Gov. Gray Davis' desk rather than risk a veto. The legislation by Senate President Pro Tem John Burton was aimed at accommodating the Viejas band of Indians in San Diego County and its partner in the venture by making a seemingly minor change in the law that would have permitted their cruise ship to sail legally in California waters.
September 23, 2001 |
Typically, the back country of Southern California is John Wayne country, a perfect sagebrush setting for the old cowboy and Indian shoot-'em-ups of an earlier day. A lot in society has changed since then, a big difference being that the Indians are now allowed to win. Today, Native Americans are asserting an entirely new kind of economic strength, empowered by a state gambling compact authorized by voters 18 months ago that has made them croupiers to California.