Prop 48: Referendum to Overturn Indian Gaming Compacts

Put on the Ballot by Petition Signatures

39.1% YES
60.9% NO

Argument in Support of Proposition 48

VOTE YES ON PROPOSITION 48 — HELP CREATE THOUSANDS OF JOBS, GENERATE STATE AND LOCAL REVENUES, RESPECT LOCAL CONTROL, AND PROTECT SCENIC WILDLIFE AREAS — AT NO COST TO STATE TAXPAYERS.

Proposition 48 affirms two Compacts negotiated by the Governor, ratified by a bipartisan majority of the State Legislature, and supported by local, state, and federal officials that allow the North Fork Tribe near Yosemite and the Wiyot Tribe near Humboldt Bay to create a single project on Indian land in the Central Valley that will:

• Create thousands of jobs • Generate business opportunities and economic growth in high unemployment areas • Retain local control for a strongly-supported community project • Share revenues with state and local governments and non-gaming tribes • Promote tribal self- sufficiency • Avoid potential development in environmentally sensitive regions • Be located on North Fork Tribe's federally-held historical land

VOTE YES — HELP CREATE THOUSANDS OF GOOD- PAYING JOBS

The project will create over 4,000 jobs as the result of hundreds of millions of dollars in private investment, boosting state and local economies.

"Voting YES guarantees good jobs for Californians and new economic opportunities for one of our state's poorest regions." — Robbie Hunter, President, California State Building & Construction Trades Council

"We support the North Fork gaming compact to help bring jobs and business to Madera, Fresno, and the entire San Joaquin Valley." — Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

VOTE YES — SUPPORT LOCAL CONTROL, PUBLIC SAFETY, AND OPPORTUNITY FOR THE CENTRAL VALLEY

Voting YES provides crucial funding for public safety, schools, parks, roads and other public services.

"This project will fund local sheriff, police, fire, and other first responders." — Sheriff John Anderson, Madera County

"Our region will benefit economically from this project. We can't allow New York hedge-fund operators with financial ties to a competing casino to determine our economic future. Vote YES to protect local control." — Tom Wheeler, Chairman, Madera County Board of Supervisors

VOTE YES — PROMOTE TRIBAL SELF-SUFFICIENCY

Voting YES helps California's tribes help themselves — without costing state taxpayers anything. It strengthens the State's budget by providing hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue sharing funds for non-gaming tribes, thereby reducing the State's potential financial liability.

"Tribes throughout California support these agreements. They provide the state with much-needed revenues and provide smaller, non-gaming tribes funding to help Native people become self-reliant." — Will Micklin, Executive Director, California Association of Tribal Governments

VOTE YES — PROTECT CALIFORNIA'S MOST SCENIC WILDLIFE AREAS

A YES vote avoids potential casino construction in the Sierra foothills near Yosemite and near the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

"A yes vote on Proposition 48 protects two of California's most environmentally precious areas." — Dan Cunning, Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau

THE PROPOSITION 48 COMPACTS ARE SUPPORTED BY A BROAD STATEWIDE COALITION, INCLUDING:

• Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. • California State Building & Construction Trades Council • Central California Hispanic Chamber of Commerce • City of Madera Police Officers Association • California Association of Tribal Governments

For a complete list of supporters visit www.VoteYES48.com

CREATE JOBS. GROW THE ECONOMY. RESPECT LOCAL CONTROL. GENERATE STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT REVENUES. SAFEGUARD CALIFORNIA'S ENVIRONMENT.

VOTE YES ON PROPOSITION 48.

www.VoteYES48.com

Edmund G. Brown Jr., Governor, State of California
Tom Wheeler, Chairman, Board of Supervisors, Madera County
Robbie Hunter, President, State Building & Construction Trades Council of California

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Rebuttal to Argument in Support of Proposition 48

VOTE NO ON PROP. 48. It would allow the North Fork Tribe to build a massive off-reservation, Vegas-style casino in Madera County.

As a Madera County Supervisor, I oppose this casino in my community.

North Fork's reservation land is over an hour's drive from the proposed location, but they want to build a casino with 2,000 slot machines here because it is closer to major freeways and Central Valley communities. It won't create jobs; it will only siphon them from area businesses and existing casinos.

Years ago when Californians approved Indian gaming, we were told there would be a limited number of casinos built on original reservation land.

Prop. 48 breaks that promise.

Until now, dozens of tribes have played by these rules, but Prop. 48 would allow the first off-reservation casino and would start a wave of casino projects across California.

United States Senator Dianne Feinstein opposed this proposed off- reservation casino. In an opposition letter sent to Governor Jerry Brown she said:

". . . with the market already saturated, tribes from rural areas are 'reservation shopping' for casinos in more densely populated areas to obtain a better share of the market. This cannot be allowed to happen; enough is enough."

I agree with Senator Feinstein. VOTE NO ON PROP. 48.

I love my community and building a mega-casino that will bring more traffic, pollution and crime is just wrong.

VOTE NO ON PROP. 48 to STOP off-reservation, Vegas-style casinos in all of our neighborhoods.

David Rogers, Madera County Supervisor

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Argument Against Proposition 48

VOTE NO ON PROP. 48. Keep Indian gaming on tribal reservation land only.

Years ago, California Indian Tribes asked voters to approve limited casino gaming on Indian reservation land. They promised Indian casinos would ONLY be located on the tribes' original reservation land. PROP. 48 BREAKS THIS PROMISE.

While most tribes played by the rules, building on their original reservation land and respecting the voters' wishes, other tribes are looking to break these rules and build casino projects in urban

areas across California. VOTE NO ON PROP. 48 TO STOP RESERVATION SHOPPING. Prop. 48 would approve a controversial tribal gaming compact that would allow the North Fork Tribe to build an off-reservation, Vegas-style 2,000 slot-machine casino more than an hour's drive from the tribe's established reservation land, closer to major freeways and Central Valley communities.

PROP. 48 WILL START A NEW AVALANCHE OF OFF- RESERVATION CASINO PROJECTS. There are already over 60 casinos in California. Enough is enough. Vote No on Prop. 48.

Newspapers called for the rejection of this controversial Indian gaming compact:

"While most casinos are still in remote locations, a new push

by tribes to purchase additional land at lucrative freeway locations threatens to kick off a whole new casino boom." Fresno Bee, 4/21/13

"This year, it's the North Fork tribe. Others are lined up in the wings to make their bids to build casinos in urban areas." Bakersfield Californian, 9/4/13

"Voters were assured (their approval of gaming) wouldn't trigger a casino boom and that casinos would only be built on recognized Indian territory." San Diego Union-Tribune, 8/11/13

"Now, two casino proposals could open the door to a new era of Indian gaming in the state . . . which would make these the state's first Indian casinos located off existing reservations." Los Angeles Times, 8/19/12

PROP. 48 IS A BAD DEAL FOR CALIFORNIA. Unlike prior Indian gaming compacts this deal provides NO money for California's schools and NO additional money for our state general fund.

PROP. 48 DOESN'T CREATE NEW JOBS. The proposed new casino will simply take resources and jobs from nearby casinos and businesses.

Prop. 48 is a bad deal for California, but a great deal for the wealthy Las Vegas casino operator who will run the casino. It hired high-priced lobbyists and spent heavily on trying to build off-reservation casinos in California. It has been accused of unfair labor practices and fined by the Nevada Gaming Commission and the Missouri Gaming Commission.

PROP. 48 DOESN'T PROTECT THE ENVIRONMENT. It is opposed by Central Valley businesses, farmers, and community leaders because it means MORE air pollution, MORE traffic, and the loss of open space. It also creates a greater burden on an already limited water supply.

Vote No on Prop. 48. STOP Vegas-style casinos in our neighborhoods and STOP the avalanche of new off-reservation casinos. Join us and Vote NO on Prop. 48. Read more at www.StopReservationShopping.com

Henry Perea, Fresno County Supervisor
Manuel Cunha, Jr., President, Nisei Farmers League
Gary Archuleta, Tribal Chairman Mooretown Rancheria

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Rebuttal to Argument Against Proposition 48

DON'T BE MISLED BY OPPONENTS OF PROPOSITION 48! NO ON 48 WAS PAID FOR BY WALL STREET HEDGE FUNDS AND RICH GAMING TRIBES TRYING TO STOP LEGITIMATE COMPETITION.

Even Cheryl Schmit, who filed this referendum and now leads the NO ON 48 campaign, recognized the merits of this project site — BEFORE SHE STARTED WORKING FOR THE OPPONENTS:

"This is not reservation shopping . . . This is the state exercising its authority to locate gaming where it is wanted." — Cheryl Schmit, Stand Up For California!, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2/4/06.

VOTE YES ON PROPOSITION 48 — UPHOLD TWO COMPACTS THAT PROVIDE SIGNIFICANT BENEFITS AND PROTECTIONS FOR CALIFORNIANS BY AUTHORIZING A SINGLE PROJECT ON FEDERALLY-HELD INDIAN LAND THAT WILL:

• CREATE THOUSANDS OF GOOD-PAYING JOBS • GENERATE ECONOMIC GROWTH FOR ONE OF CALIFORNIA'S POOREST REGIONS • RETAIN LOCAL CONTROL FOR A PROJECT WIDELY SUPPORTED BY THE COMMUNITY • PROMOTE TRIBAL SELF- RELIANCE FOR TWO OF CALIFORNIA'S LARGEST TRIBES • HELP PROTECT TWO ENVIRONMENTALLY SENSITIVE AREAS

Governor Brown, a supporter of Yes on 48, agrees that the North Fork Tribe has a "significant historical connection with the land" and that the approval process which "lasted more than seven years" was "extremely thorough."

Governor Brown called the "No on 48" effort to overturn his compacts "unfortunate" and about "money and competition."

JOIN OTHERS SUPPORTING PROPOSITION 48 COMPACTS:

• California Democratic Party • Assemblyman Frank Bigelow, former President, California State Association of Counties • California Association of Tribal Governments • City of Madera Police Officers Association • UNITE HERE!, representing more than 49,000 California workers

VOTE YES ON PROPOSITION 48.

www.voteYes48.com

Robbie Hunter, President, State Building & Construction Trades Council of California
John Anderson, Sheriff, Madera County Sheriff's Office
Debi Bray, President, Madera Chamber of Commerce

Arguments printed on this page are the opinions of the authors and have not been checked for accuracy by any official agency.

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