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February 1, 2004
Re "Casino Foe Plans a Third Initiative," Jan 28: Allow an increase in the number of slots at tribal casinos? Absolutely not. The chaotic system of tribal gaming has reached catastrophic proportions statewide, with off-reservation effects such as groundwater depletion, increased traffic accidents on substandard routes and local land-use planning running amok. Cropping up in the unincorporated areas, tribal casinos are equivalent to cities lacking a master plan. Fifty-four casinos, some with hotels, require water, wastewater removal capacity and emergency services to accommodate an average of 8,000 patrons per facility each day. Urban tribal casinos should be one strategy of former Judge Daniel Kolkey's negotiations with the tribes, as a way to solve some of the state's woes.
July 28, 1996 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
U.S. District Judge Martha Vazquez in Santa Fe ruled that casinos on Indian reservations in New Mexico can remain open while an appeals court considers whether they are operating illegally, attorneys said. The decision averted a showdown between 11 tribes and federal agents preparing to enforce a court order that would shut the casinos. Tribal attorney Richard Hughes called on legislators to endorse an agreement between the tribes and Gov. Gary Johnson that initially allowed the casinos to open.
March 15, 2003 | From a Times Staff Writer
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.
March 1, 2000
I read your Feb. 26 editorial against Prop. 1A. I believe the editorial overstates the case when it says "wide-open Nevada-style casino gambling in California" will occur if Prop. 1A passes. Please understand that the gambling will stay on tribal lands. And only about half the Indian reservations lie close enough to population centers to make operating a casino ecxonomically feasible. The editorial also overstates the case when it characterizes tribal casino operations as "poorly regulated."
July 25, 2003 | Dan Morain, Times Staff Writer
California's take from the gambling industry is modest compared with that of other states: $180 million a year from horse tracks, card rooms and tribes. Although California is the second-largest gambling state, after Nevada, at least seven others receive more, according to surveys by the National Assn. of State Budget Officers and by The Times. This year's tribal payments are supposed to total $140 million, though payments are $10 million short, and two tribes have sued over the payment process.
January 10, 2006
Re "Farmworkers Reap Little as Union Strays From Its Roots," Jan. 8 It is truly tragic to read that the United Farm Workers is prostituting its name for political and economic gain. What does political support of tribal casinos and support of homosexual marriage have to do with the welfare of farmworkers, who still struggle to attain life's basic necessities? As an experienced educator who for many years has taught about the positive contributions of the UFW, it is with great dismay that I must now teach about the dark side of the union.
November 4, 2002
Indian casino gambling generates a huge amount of cash, but it also has opened the door to a host of new problems for California, including controversy throughout the state over the uncontrolled effects of casino construction and expansion on local communities. In 2000, Indian tribes gained the right through a voter-approved ballot initiative to operate Las Vegas-style blackjack and poker tables, as well as thousands of new slot machines on tribal lands throughout California.
April 8, 2000 | From Associated Press
The Jamul Indians say they plan to build a $100-million high-rise hotel and casino that would cover nearly five of their reservation's six acres. The tribe would move the homes of its 56 members onto an adjacent parcel of land to make way for the casino and eventually make that property part of an expanded reservation. The casino plan is the fourth announced in the region since 11 local tribes signed gambling compacts with Gov. Gray Davis in September.
April 2, 2003 | Gregg Jones, Times Staff Writer
Shifting their campaign against one of the state's most prosperous Indian tribes to the Capitol, workers at a casino operated by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians testified Tuesday that their employer is so tightfisted that it encourages them to use state medical programs for the poor rather than offer a more affordable company health plan.
July 7, 2004 | Eric Bailey, Times Staff Writer
California lawmakers gave their blessing last week to a handful of new Indian gambling pacts that would give the state an infusion of cash -- $1 billion now, then up to 15% annually of the tribes' slot-machine take. On the other side of the country, disgruntled residents of southeastern Connecticut, home to the world's biggest casino, offered words of caution: Tribal gambling money comes at a price.
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