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Santa Ynez Valley
Concerned Citizens
P.O. Box 244
Santa Ynez, CA 93460

To SYVCC Supporters:  The following email from Cheryl Schmit, founder and director of Stand Up For California, requests your help in opposing the expansion of off-reservation casinos, and could impact our own Camp 4 annexation issue.  This will be an important, precedent setting item on the November ballot.  Please:

1.  Print out and send in the referendum endorsement form.  (It takes only a few minutes to complete.)
2.  Forward this email to friends and ask them to complete the endorsement form.
3.  Be sure to read the very interesting September 4, 2013 article from the Bakersfield Californian which is reprinted below.

Thank you for your continued effort and support on behalf of the Santa Ynez Valley and the communities we live in.

Santa Ynez Valley Concerned Citizens Board


From: Cheryl Schmit
Sent: Wednesday, February 05, 2014 9:59 AM
To: Cheryl Schmit
Importance: High

Dear Friends

In preparation of the November 2014 election for the referendum of the North Fork Compact, I am sending you the attached letter (also copied below) and endorsement form hoping that your organization and individuals in the community will sign and send the endorsement form back.  As always, Stand Up For California works on the statewide issues that can help all of our communities influence state and federal gambling policy including federal Indian policy on gaming.   As noted below in the Dear Friend letter, your early support in addition to helping with the 2014 election,  will help to influence insiders in Sacramento who are currently debating a policy for off reservation gaming in California.    Please, send this letter to all your friends and family, post it on your organizations web page or your personal face book page, include it in your organizations newsletters or bulletins.   We need everyone’s help to win the election in Nov.   Please fill out the endorsement form and send it in as soon as possible.   Thank you all for your attention to this issue and willingness to stand up to promote reasoned and fair public policy.   Cheryl   

Feb.5, 2014
Dear Friend,

As an opponent to the North Fork compact, I wanted to update you on our campaign to stop this proposed off-reservation casino.  We have officially qualified a statewide referendum on the North Fork compact that will be on the ballot in November 2014 for a statewide vote. 

As you know, when California voters passed Proposition 1A in 2000 they did so after being promised that Indian gaming casinos would be located on established reservation land. The North Fork compact breaks this promise.

There are already more than 20 off-reservation tribal casino projects in motion across California. Approving the North Fork casino project will open a floodgate for more reservation shopping.

Our recent polling shows that over 60% of Californians oppose off-reservation casinos.

Your early support of this effort is important and will show the political insiders in Sacramento that we can stop this off-reservation casino. 

An endorsement form is enclosed.  Please fax back to (916) 444-8905. You can also join our effort on the web at

Cheryl Schmit
Director, Stand Up for California
916 663 3207

PS - I have copied below an editorial that highlights our fight.


The Bakersfield Californian weighed in on reservation shopping brought on by the North Fork Rancheria in Madera County.  They are calling for this referendum to be put on the ballot.

The Bakersfield Californian

Allow Voters to revisit Indian casino deal

The Bakersfield Californian 

September 4, 2013 

A young man pushed a clipboard toward shoppers leaving a "big box" store in Bakersfield last week. "Sign this to end Las Vegas-style casino gambling," he shouted. Some people stopped to hear the guy's spiel. Others brushed him aside, no doubt thinking that it was a little late to stuff the casino genie back into the bottle. More than a decade ago, California voters gave Indian tribes the exclusive right to operate casino gambling in the state, so what could have possibly have had in mind? Just this: a petition to qualify a referendum for next year's ballot that proposes to stop off-reservation Indian gaming in California.
The initiative was born in the wake of this year's approval by the Legislature and Gov. Jerry Brown of an off-reservation casino project the North Fork Mono Rancheria Indians hope to build along Highway 99, north of Fresno. Referendum supporters, who call their campaign "Keep Vegas-style Casinos Out of Neighborhoods," contend Californians only gave tribes authority to operate casinos on Indian reservations.
Referendum supporters claim the North Fork casino project radically expands gaming beyond the scope voters envisioned when they agreed to the exclusive arrangement to provide jobs and economic opportunities to poor, remote Indian reservations. They also object to the piecemeal approach the Legislature and governor are taking to approving tribes' off-reservation casinos. 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.
Likely they someday will include the recently recognized Tejon Indian tribe, which hopes to be granted land in Kern County, south of Bakersfield, and open a casino. According to a U.S. Department of Interior investigative report, a Las Vegas casino resort bankrolled the tribe's recognition campaign in exchange for an agreement to operate the tribe's future casino.
Before getting all teary-eyed about the high moral standing of the referendum's proponents, consider who is funding the campaign. In addition to support from gambling opponents, hundreds of thousands of dollars are flowing in from gaming tribes that fear the increased competition and from Wall Street investors who have backed existing Indian casinos.
Regardless of their motivation, the referendum's proponents have a point.
It is time to give voters the opportunity to clarify what they intended when they gave Indian tribes the exclusive right to operate gambling casinos in California. Did voters envision the scale of the Las Vegas-style casinos that have popped up around the state? Or the level of greed these operations would create, resulting in the selective cleansing of tribal membership rolls? No, the vote was a "feel good" effort to right decades of wrong done to Native Americans. Voters thought they were giving disadvantaged communities a financial leg up.
Allowing the Legislature and governor to expand tribal gaming off reservations on a case-by-case basis likely will result in approval going to the highest bidders -- or rather, the biggest campaign donors. Since California voters let the casino genie out of the bottle, it is up to them to decide how far the genie can roam. Californians should sign those petitions to help qualify the referendum for the ballot. Let's put it to a vote in November 2014.


Keep Vegas-Style Casinos Out of Neighborhoods is sponsoring the referendum campaign to reverse recent, narrow legislative approval of California’s first casino to be built off of a restored Indian Rancheria.  The referendum seeks to uphold the will of the California electorate by serving as an opportunity for the voters to broadly reject this compact and send a strong message of rejection to future casino shopping efforts.

For the first time ever, the Governor has authorized a tribe with existing land eligible for gaming in the Sierra Mountains to build a Vegas-style casino on more lucrative land some 40 miles away in the Central Valley.

The land in the valley is adjacent to Highway 99 and was purchased by Las Vegas casino operator Station Casinos, which connected with the North Fork Tribe and continues to finance the project in hopes of a big jackpot if the casino is ultimately allowed to be built.  Petitions are currently in circulation. The campaign needs 504,760 signatures by October 1 in order to qualify for the next general election in November 2014.