By: Libby Chuong
California’s Proposition 48 asks voters to reject or approve gaming compacts with North Fork and Wiyot Tribe. According to Ballotpedia, if approved, Prop 48 will ratify AB 227 and accept two gaming compacts between California, the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians, and the Wiyot Tribes. AB 227 enforces the existing safe drinking water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986. Prop 48 will also allow the North Fork Tribes to build a casino on land in Central Valley.
According to the League of Women Voters of California, a “YES” vote means that Prop 48 will uphold or accept the contested legislation that was enacted by the California State Legislature. It means that the state’s compacts with North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians and Wiyot Tribe would go in effect. A “NO” vote would overturn AB 227. It means that the state’s compacts with North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians and Wiyot would not go in effect unless approved by the state and federal government, which would mean that they could not build new casinos right now.
According to League of Women Voters of California, supporters say that the North Fork casino has local support from the community and would create over 4,000 jobs. They also say that the casino would bring revenue to Madera County and to the state of California, and that the location of the casino is supported by state, local, and federal officials.
According to League of Women Voters of California, opponents say that these compacts break the promise that Indian casinos would “only be located on original reservation land”. They also say that instead of creating more jobs the casino would take jobs and resources from nearby areas. According to Contra Costa Times Opinion, opponents believe that Prop 48 is harmful and will dramatically increase gambling.
“I think Proposition 48 is useless because it doesn’t really guarantee more jobs,” said freshman Jillian Chuong. “It would make a lot of people lose money, not gain money, because there is a small percentage that they win from gambling.”
I agree with what Chuong said because the casino doesn’t really create more jobs for people since it will cause a lot of people nearby to lose their job since there will be all of people going to the casino. This is saying that if a lot of people go to the casino that they are making it will make the casino very popular that some people won’t go other places like the mall. It will make a lot people that is nearby to the casino to lose their job because people will stop going there.
I believe you should vote no because it won’t make a lot of people happy. It won’t make a lot of people happy because if people don’t win from gambling they will keep on gambling until they win or just stop playing. It also won’t a lot of people happy because it will cause people that are nearby to the casino to lose their job. I encourage California voters to vote no on Proposition 48 on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.