June 24, 2004
Re "5 Tribes, Gov. Sign Gaming Compacts." No wonder Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger "did not answer questions about the agreement." His billion-dollar deal to "grant Indians the exclusive right to run slot machines in California" is so blatantly racist that not even our existing U.S. Supreme Court could regard it as constitutional. If those in our Legislature approve this scheme, they too will have a lot to answer for. Mark Davidson Pasadena Isn't it interesting that I pay taxes and you pay taxes but when the state demands that Indian tribes pay taxes our governor calls them by another name.
October 16, 2004
Re "Schwarzenegger Is a Sure Bet as He Steps Up Fight to Beat Gambling Measures," Capitol Journal, Oct. 7: George Skelton states that the governor is "incensed" at my tribe for not "dealing with him." Our tribe and others have attempted several times to negotiate with the governor, which only proved fruitless. We proposed a gaming agreement resulting in an additional $1 billion to the state that was rejected by the governor's negotiators. We requested meetings with the governor directly and were told he was not available.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 15, 1998
George Skelton's Oct. 8 Capitol Journal on Prop. 5 and the Cache Creek casino was well worth reading. I have been to Cache Creek; it is a pleasant, easy drive from Sacramento, and a beautiful casino. I can understand why the folks who run it don't want competition. But that is the whole point of Prop. 5. I understand those who oppose any gambling; it is logical for them to oppose Prop. 5. But the tribes who have agreements with Gov. Pete Wilson don't oppose gambling; they oppose letting other tribes have it. Would you let Wilson sign an agreement with Chevrolet so that there could be no Ford or Toyota dealers in California?
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1998
You completely missed the mark in your Oct. 16 editorial supporting Prop. 5. The Indian tribes do not need Prop. 5 to reach their goal of self-sufficiency through gambling. Voters can reject this flawed measure with the assurance that the tribal casinos can continue to prosper by negotiating compacts with the state that give tribes and the state a mechanism to ensure that gambling is limited, regulated and in conformance with state and local laws and regulations. The process also provides for local community input on proposed casinos and mandatory allocation of some casino profits to offset the cost of oversight, public safety, traffic control and other impacts on local and state agencies.
November 13, 2004
It's good to know that the Indian casinos have hit the jackpot with the elderly (Nov. 8). Now we can be assured that the tribes will be well funded in secret negotiations with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger that may result in 25% of their revenues going to the state. Unfortunately, Arnold will not get as much as he expects, as President Bush's plan to privatize Social Security will result in cuts in benefits to the elderly, so that they will have less money to throw away on the slot machines.
February 26, 1987 |
The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that states may not regulate gambling on Indian reservations, dealing California a defeat in its attempt to stop high-stakes bingo games in Riverside County. In clearing the way for the multimillion-dollar betting parlors on Indian land, the high court said that California permits and "actually promotes gambling" in several forms and therefore cannot ban it on reservations.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 18, 1993
In response to "It's a Contradiction" (Letters, July 11), a short history lesson is in order. The Hebrew race began when God called Abram (later known as Abraham) out of Ur of the Chaldees, or Babylon. All descendants of Abraham through his son Isaac are Hebrews. Isaac had a son named Jacob. His 12 sons became the 12 tribes of Israel. After the death of Solomon, the kingdom of Israel split into two kingdoms: the kingdom of Israel and the kingdom of Judah. Israel consisted of 10 tribes, plus a portion of the priestly tribe, Levi.
January 23, 1998 |
They are the latest trend in political speech, billboards up and down the state thanking state legislators for their support. "I was just as surprised as anyone to see it," said Assemblyman Jim Battin (R-La Quinta), whose face is plastered on a billboard that sits in the heart of his Palm Springs-area district. "I started hearing from a bunch of other legislators that they got billboards just like it in their districts."