When Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's deal with the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians to bring Las Vegas-style gambling to San Pablo came unraveled in August -- amid an outcry over potential traffic congestion -- among the naysayers was a veteran Bay Area congressman, Rep. George Miller (D-Martinez). So great was the uproar that the Legislature, after having ratified compacts the governor had signed earlier with nine other tribes, refused to bless the deal, putting it on hold until early next year. But the representative's hand-wringing over the tiny Indian group's dream of opening the state's first slot-machine palace in a major metropolitan setting had a distinctly hollow ring. It was Miller, after all, who had made the deal possible in the first place, after he sneaked a three-sentence piece of legislation into an obscure federal spending bill four years ago, which helped secure land beneath a San Pablo card club -- to which the Lyttons had no ancestral connection -- as... More >>>
Don Arnold, chairman of the Scott's Valley Band of
Pomo. His tribe's casino ambitions are underwritten by
Florida investor Alan Ginsburg.