Similar to Props. 94 and 94, with a focus on the Sycuan Band down in San Diego.  They only want to add 3000 more slot machines, but everything remains the same.



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  1. “Contractors & Suppliers on Local Casino Projects Go Unpaid While Propositions 94‐97 Are Considered”
    SAN DIEGO February 2, 2008 One of the State’s wealthiest tribes, The Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay
    Nation who stands to gain the most from the passage of Proposition 96, is hurting the local construction industry
    by neglecting to ensure that all the work performed on its casino project is paid for.
    According to local contractors, hundreds of thousands of dollars are owed to the general contractor, concrete
    subcontractors and suppliers for the new construction of the parking structure at the Sycuan Casino, a project
    budgeted for $40 million. Some of these amounts have been due since June of 2007. One subcontractor alone has
    been paid less than half of its $1.8 million contract, and has been waiting since September 2007 to be paid. These
    local, small businesses remain unpaid, while the casino has been actively advertising, participating in the
    community, and continues to be open for business.
    According to local business owners, similar disputes exist for the Santa Ysabel Band of Diegueno Indians on its
    casino project. Kris Cannon, the President of The Concrete Group, Inc. which worked on both projects, said, “The
    casinos have not fully paid the general contractors, subcontractors or suppliers. Therefore, all are suffering the
    financial burden. Meanwhile, both the casinos are open, bringing in money every day.”
    Local businesses affected by the non‐payment of invoices have been forced to lay‐off key employees and are
    resorting to legal action. This attention comes at a pivotal time for the casinos, as they seek the public’s support
    for the passage of Propositions 94, 95, 96 and 97 which would allow them to expand their current business
    Contractors, subcontractors and suppliers have very limited lien rights on work on sovereign land. Standard legal
    remedies available to them in California do not apply on Indian casino projects. When the Sycuan Band was given
    an advance draft copy of this press release, their response was immediate. Their lawyer issued a cease and desist
    letter, threatening legal action if the press release was issued.
    The right thing to do is to bring to light the unfair deal to contractors, subcontractors and suppliers working on
    casino projects. They work at the risk of not getting paid and not being able to exercise mechanic’s liens or stop
    notice rights when performing work at the casinos on sovereign land. Is this just?
    The public needs to pose this question to the Governor: Where in his compacts does he defend and protect the
    rights of the small business owners and the construction industry?
    Radio talk hosts need to ask their audiences how many people and companies have worked on casino construction
    projects without getting paid their fair share. At this moment, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers
    are owed for work performed at Sycuan and Santa Ysabel casinos. These companies and their employees worked
    hard for their money and not being paid is an UNFAIR DEAL.
    Who are the winners if Propositions 94, 95, 96 and 97 succeed? The tribes with the sovereign privilege? Or the
    hardworking men and women in the construction industry? Think about this when voting for Propositions 94, 95,
    96 and 97 on Tuesday.
    For further information, please contact Sandra Zaldana, telephone 760‐271‐6947.


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