November 14, 2018 Bureau of Gambling Control Workshops in Los Angeles (Part 1)

November 14, 2018 Bureau of Gambling Control Workshops in Los Angeles (Part 1)


though every good morning ladies and
gentlemen if we can have your attention
please thank you there are some
additional seats up in front if people
want to come and sit down and step stand
so we’re very nice okay well good
morning everyone we’re gonna get started
because we are gonna end at noon so we
want to get the the workshop underway I
know people are still walking in but
we’re gonna go ahead and start so again
good morning on behalf of the Department
of Justice division of law enforcement
Bureau of gambling control I’d like to
welcome you all to this regulation
workshop to discuss the issue of
rotation of the player dealer position
so this is the second of seven workshops
that we will be holding in various
cities throughout the state we chose the
locations to try and make it convenient
and accessible for everyone who want to
participate and provide input on this
issue so the bureau looks forward to
hearing everyone’s thoughts today and we
understand that individuals may feel
strongly about this issue but please
know that today’s workshop will be
conducted in a civil collegial manner
but I believe that we can have opposing
views and opinions from one another but
it’s also possible to have civil
constructive and professional
discussions I ask that we keep this in
mind throughout these discussions we
can’t tolerate any discussions that are
discourteous to one another
um additionally with so many people
interested in participating in the
process and wishing to present input it
will be important for everyone to keep
their comments brief and because we
looked at the list and how many people
who wish to speak today we have to limit
everyone to two and a half minutes I
know I apologize that that was different
from the last workshop but there were
much lower turnouts
so we will wait until you have completed
your presentation before asking for any
clarification or questions that we so
that we do not cut into your allotted
time if you have already submitted your
comments to the bureau and have new
amputee day you may wish to concentrate
on the new input if you have brought
your comments in a letter to present to
the bureau today
note the copies will be posted to the
bureau’s website regulation website as
well any other written comments already
submitted or that will be submitted in
the future during this process with the
volume of other comments likely to be
receive it’s simply not economically
feasible or environmentally friendly to
distribute copies and hard copy form so
as you may know the regulatory process
can be lengthy however that in part is
due to ensure that all stakeholders have
a voice in the process we want to be
able to hear your concerns and your
opinions and the Bureau is committed to
ensuring the regulatory process is
followed and ensuring that all
stakeholders are heard so as a reminder
that this is just a workshop so we’re in
the informal stages of the regulatory
process and we will continue with the
informal process until such time we are
comfortable that we have received
reviewed and analyzed all of your input
we also strongly encourage you to
provide any suggested language for draft
regulations during this informal process
the ultimate global of these workshops
is to develop a regulation change which
provides clarity to the existing
statutory provisions for licensees and
direction on how to incorporate this in
game rules with the statutory framework
in mind so with that I’m going to turn
over to Suzanne George who is our
moderator for today’s workshop good
morning my name is Suzanne George
I am the regulations coordinator for the
Bureau of gambling control in addition
to director shimasu with me today are
Yolanda morrow assistant director for
the bureau’s licensing division Nate
Diwali assistant director of compliance
and enforcement tyler Burtis special
agent in charge of our compliance and
enforcement section of the Southern
California region and Deputy Attorney
General General Jim Wayne with the
Indian and gaming law section for the
Attorney General’s Office and just
another reminder there are some
additional seats here in the front and
then scattered throughout we encourage
you to make yourself comfortable it is
approximately 909 on Wednesday November
the 14th in the Bureau of gambling
control has scheduled the
regulations workshop at the Hyatt
Regency located at six two to five west
century Boulevard in Los Angeles
California
this workshop is scheduled to discuss
the issue of rotation of the player
dealer position notice of this workshop
has previously been published to the
bureau’s webpage sent by email and mail
to interested parties and a few
housekeeping items if you have not had
an opportunity prior to now to sign in
to present comments or speak today the
white sign-in sheets are at the sign-in
table at the back please take a moment
to do that or if you would like to be on
the bureau’s distribution list please
sign in on the Pink Sheets while no one
will be excluded from participation in
these proceedings for failure to
identify oneself in the sign-in sheet
the sign-in sheet is being used to call
persons who wish to present in the order
of sign-in secondly well I call we’ve
already covered that if you provide your
email or mailing address we will include
you in our distribution list for future
meeting notices this entire workshop
discussion is being recorded in the
interest of time the bureau will limit
speakers to two and a half minutes and
comments must be limited to the issue of
the rotation of the player dealer
position as noticed for this workshop
other issues or other regulations will
not be covered topics in this workshop
when your name is called please come to
this podium here in the front you will
be asked to state and spell your name
and identify the organization you
represent on another note
please note that in that the restrooms
are located just outside these doors
into your right and there are other
restrooms behind the elevators today’s
workshop is scheduled for a total of
three hours we may be able to work in a
short break we’re just not quite sure
depending on the how their comments are
going now for an introduction of the
topic in 1984 the California
institution was amended with a voter
initiative proposition 37 at the
November 6 1984 general election prop 37
also known as the California State
Lottery Act of 1984 added provisions of
government code and amended the
California Constitution authorizing the
establishment of a statewide lottery in
California proposition 37 also added a
prohibition in California of gambling
casinos the type that exists in Nevada
and New Jersey specific to this
prohibitions proposition 37 added
section 19 a to the Constitution which
reads the legislature has no power to
authorize and shall prohibit casinos of
the type currently operating in Nevada
and New Jersey until this proposition
was enacted casino gambling was
prohibited within California by statute
not by Constitution chapter 10 of the
California Penal Code contains codes
sections specific to gambling sections
330 through 337 Z Penal Code section 330
first enacted in 1872 prohibited six
specifically named games or any banking
game played with cards dice or any other
device for money check credit or any
other representative of value this
section was amended four times since
1872 extending the list of specifically
named games and changing the penalty and
sentencing structure you are welcome to
read that section as penal code section
3 3 0 in 2000 section 3 3 0 point 1 1
was added to the California Penal Code
in 2001 section 3 3 0 point 1 1 was
amended by Assembly Bill 54 Penal Code
section 330 point 1 1 provides banking
game or banked game does not include a
controlled game if published rules of
the game feature a player dealer
position and provide that this position
must be continuously and systematically
rotated amongst each of the participants
during the play of the game ensure that
the player dealer is able to win or lose
only a fixed and limited wager during
the play of the game and preclude the
house and
their entity a player or an observer
from maintaining or operating as a bank
during the course of the game for
purposes of this section it is not the
intent of the legislature to mandate
acceptance of the deal by every player
if the division finds that the rules of
the game render the maintenance of or
operation of a bank impossible by other
means the house shall not occupy the
player dealer position there is not
however any text within the California
Constitution or the statutes of
California that define what constitutes
continuously and systematic rotation of
the player dealer position the
California gambling Control Act in
business and Professions Code section
198 to 6 subdivision G assigns the
Department of Justice the responsibility
of approving the play of any controlled
game in gambling establishments within
California including placing
restrictions and limitations on how a
controlled game may be played the
California gambling Control Act also
mandates the adoption of regulations
which provide for the approval of the
game of game rules by the bureau to
ensure fairness to the public and
compliance with state laws the topic of
the rotation of the player dealer
position is now open for public
discussion all right the first speaker
on our list today is the mayor of
Inglewood James butts
and before you start sir I will give you
a 30-second warning when you get close
you have 2 minutes and 30 seconds okay
anyway hi my name is James Lewis I’m
here representing City of England but
equally important the 800 employees of
Hollywood Park Casino 120 of them are
ingrid residents and i’m here to talk
about the rotation of the player dealer
position this game represents 1.3
million dollars in revenues to the city
of Englewood to change it unilaterally
as you discuss will make it less
desirable 1.3 million is 10 police
officer positions in the city of
Englewood we project a $50,000 surplus
for this coming fiscal year this would
immediately blow a 1.25 million dollar
deficit in our in our budget we have
come from an 18 million dollar deficit
in 2011 to a surplus this year just like
all cities like all cities we have the
unfunded liabilities for pers to
consider there are so many things that
have been changed in the city of
Englewood and this game has been played
with us for 20 years in just this manner
I have 37 years in law enforcement for
those years of vice narcotics lieutenant
in charge of advise narcotics we have
never had a problem with the casino we
have never had a problem in this game
and so to unilaterally unilaterally
change this game so it becomes less
desirable for people to come needlessly
endangered employment for our residents
needlessly engage the budget of the city
of Englewood and it seems to be a
solution in search of a problem I urge
you on behalf of our employees at
Holiday Park Park Casino I urge you on
behalf of all these employees to not
change this regulation I have 600
letters from our employee and I
employees at the casino I would like to
know who to leave them with you so that
we could have our voices heard it is so
important that in this day and age we
have we have cut them
from 17.5% in 2011 to 4.8% right now a
good chunk of that is the employment
that has been provided by the Hollywood
Park Casino I urge you again to think
past regulation and think about people
thank you very much thank you
thank you sir Vanessa Delgado
all right
Hugo argumento and my apologies if I
pronounced your name incorrectly well
thank you for the opportunity to address
you this morning and I too am the mayor
of the city of of Commerce and we
represent many of our employees at the
Commerce Casino
we represent the residents of the city
of Commerce and our impacts as stated by
the mayor from the city of Englewood
just our numbers are different but many
of the same points that he just made
apply to us as well I’m you know
representing all these individuals here
the impact potentially to our budget is
16 million dollars at our previous visit
that we had with you in Sacramento we
highlighted and presented some of the
information to you our casino employs
over 2,500 employees in in the city of
Commerce and so the impacts to our
community are significant our city would
have no choice but to begin to lay out
many of our employees in our city we
would have to probably the casino in
itself would also have to probably
reduce its employment as well so again
we’re here the Commerce Casino has been
a partner in our community for many many
years and I do consider them to be a
significant partner in our community
they’ve contributed to many of our
scholarship programs our senior programs
anything we’ve asked where we’ve needed
help we’ve gone to them and they’ve been
able to provide that help and assistance
that we need so what we’re here in you
and imploring you to reconsider any
changes to the proposed regulation the
impacts are too great to not only the
city of commerce but the surrounding
cities and I think you’re going to hear
some of the individuals stories some of
these success stories I know
from our city you’ll be hearing from
some of our members of our community and
some of the Commerce employees and I
want you to take that back and hopefully
you’ll take those items into
consideration for they absolutely will
have a detrimental impact to our
community and the surrounding
communities and I would like to enter
into the record
I brought also signatures that were
collected by many of the members in our
community and I want you to take this
over seven hundred and twenty-four
signatures that will receive petitions
employing you to take them into
consideration as you move forward in
this process thank you
thank you now Myra maravilla
good morning my name is Mayra maravilla
and I am the city of Hawaiian Gardens
Council woman as a leader in my
community I am most disappointed in the
harsh unwarranted treatment of the
driving economic engine in our city and
southeast le region I have a message for
general attorney general Becerra and the
Bureau of Gaming Control what did we do
to deserve you picking on low-income
immigrant communities that primarily
rely on our casino revenue this is a
direct assault on our working families
our seniors and our youth I am here to
represent my community again Sacramento
politicians that have no concept of how
these gaming regulations affect real
hard-working people growing up I did not
have the privilege of using our local
parks due to gangs drugs and violence as
a young child I remember a gangster was
shot and killed in front of my home
however thanks to our casino we have
been able to fund increased police and
fire services leading to no murders in
the last two years in the city of
Hawaiian Gardens
according to scag only 12 and a half
percent of Hawaiian Gardens residents
have a bachelor’s or higher the new City
Council in coming December 11th will
have three Millennials holding master’s
degrees this is a direct result of the
success our casino has brought to our
community you the Bureau of Gaming
Control are charged with consumer
protection market balance and
anti-corruption you need to do your job
and let us continue to work with our
Hawaiian Gardens casino to continue the
progress in our community seventies
seventy-six percent of our revenue comes
from the casino and we would lose the
ability to continue as a viable city in
the southeast alley region
I ask that you join our community and
the communities present here today and
supporting our economic engines to
maintain ourselves as cities thank you
for your time thank you
Jesse Alvarado good morning my name is
Jesse Alvarado resident of the city of
Hawaiian Gardens the new state of
regulation will have a big-time
financial impact in our community our
city is one square mile 76% of the
revenue comes from the casino
we have great youth programs by losing
50% of the revenue will lose many
programs that affect our youth senior
programs in a non so the gang
intervention program so really urge you
to not to adopt the program the the
newest state regulations have a big
impact community and I think it’s not
fair for a community as a whole our kids
our future in the whole community as a
whole
thank you have a good day thank
I’m sorry one moment please
ok ladies and gentlemen unfortunately we
are at capacity if there are plenty of
seats that are not filled they ask you
now to take this time to please if you
have a seat next to you raise your hand
ladies and gentlemen quickly fill in
these seats because unfortunately we do
not have an overflow room and we do have
to abide by fire marshal code
senator Brevard unit
alright ladies and gentlemen we
appreciate that your do move quickly and
as quietly as possible our next speaker
is going to be senator Steven Bradford
good morning thank you for this
opportunity to come before you my name
is Steve Bradford and I’m the senator of
35th Senate District and I represent for
cardrooms in the city I grew up in the
city of Gardena that has been the hub of
cardrooms pride for over 80 years in the
state of California and we survived
because of those that that industry I
represent the city of Inglewood as the
mayor clearly stated that means six
million dollars to the bottom two their
revenue and their bottom line to the
city of Gardena it means eight million
dollars it means an impact on parks and
recreation departments our public safety
all the city services that are vitally
important and I also represent Christo
Park Casino in the City of Compton so
those are four institutions that employ
thousands of people within the region
and provides tremendous revenue to these
cities I also serve on government
organizations committee in the state
legislature both in assembly and in the
Senate and we have worked tirelessly to
come to a partnership that doesn’t
impact Native American Gaming as well as
respect what has been existing in these
local communities for like I say in some
communities as long as 80 years this is
important revenue to the city it’s
important jobs to the cities and we have
been under the understanding we could
play games of skill blackjack is a game
of skill we have no games of chance such
as slots so in order to stay competitive
this rotation of dealer will be a clear
disruption to the game and we’ll lose
the continuity I’ve talked to many
players who said I will not play if I
have to get up every ten minutes they
want continuity in a game nobody not
even want anyone playing a slot machine
wants to get up every ten minutes and
change machines so continuity of play is
vitally important this rotation will
disrupt not only the continuity of the
but also the revenue and jobs in our
community so we respectfully asked you
to really consider this and we will be
looking at this as I’ve stated in the
California Legislature this year to see
how we can continue to work because
these games have existed for 20 years
without any disruption so why now
so thank you
Hank Trimble good morning this
opportunity to speak against the
rotation you’ve heard from my fellow
council member and a resident Hawaiian
Gardens it is 70% of our revenue and any
rotation change would devastate our
community
they spoke about gangs and they spoke
about different things well I was born
there in 1956 I seen the change of that
city it has gotten so much better
we went from considered a welfare city
since we got the casino now we’re a
giving city we’re not as selfish city we
give to schools who give the nonprofit’s
we do so much and it’s affecting our
residents to see the children seeing
leadership give so freely because we
have money coming in and it’s
devastating to grow up like I did with
hardly nothing it affects you as a
person I grew out of that I agree with
my colleagues everyone here speaking but
I’ll tell you one thing about Hawaiian
Gardens now it is a giving city we give
to our residents we give the nonprofit’s
we give to schools and I’d hate to see
that and so please reconsider your or
just throw this in to the making Lena
what’s a plan and I just hope that and
pray that you guys would take our city
under consideration thank you very much
thank you
Tasha Serta
good evening I’m sorry good morning my
name is Tasha Sirte and I’m the mayor of
the city of Gardena and I’m here because
in the city of Gardena we have two card
rooms we have LD and The Hustler and
they both been very good employers
offering very good paying long-term jobs
for our residents the jobs that the
casino offers are very unique in the
fact that they do not require college or
work experience in fact many of the jobs
they pay very well so that residents in
our community can take care of their
families and have a very decent income
so that they can purchase homes within
the community in addition our city would
I’m sorry they greatly rely on the tax
revenues from both casinos and the fact
that just last year the tax revenues
were 8 million dollars which is about
14% of our budget and this pays for our
police and our fire department and as
our Assemblymember stated earlier the
other casinos have slot machines
and you know it’s you know we have lot
jack there so we need to have some
leverage in there so I hope you will
take all this into consideration thank
you thank you
Evangelina Romero
good morning honorable gambling
committee my name is Evangelina Romero
and have been part of Holland Gardens
community for eight years also I’m
currently Miss Hawaiian Gardens as a
city resident of this great neighborhood
I have benefited tremendously from
various programs there threatened to get
cut such as the youth sport program the
nutritional program numerous discussions
the youth employment program and most
importantly the scholarship program the
scholarship program is funded by the
casino revenue that in turn funds the
money that pays for hundreds of tuitions
this scholarship helps me invest in my
much-needed education so I can so I can
prosper and to a successful member of
society without the aid of the casino
ninety percent of my tuition and many
others will be lost and forgotten
moreover a paramount program that will
be taken away from our small community
will be the Youth Employment Program
which eats 14 to 24 year olds to find
employment within the city and the
county as a participant of this program
I was able to find a position within the
city tip with the city’s engineer
department but with as much as eighty
percent of the funds being affected my
newly hire position will be in jeopardy
nevertheless and equally as important
will be our public safety department an
alternative to gang membership program
that assurance that our youth does not
fall back to gang activity
also they helped me and the other 14,000
449 residents in our city to feel safe
to walk down the streets at any given
time of day and I can assure you it was
not like this eight years ago as an
ambassador of this loving and giving
city it would be a disservice if I want
to share our community stories I’m a
reflection of hundreds of young adults
that live in our city ultimately I
highly encourage you and urge you to
reconsider
settar the proposed regulations on the
casinos as it will have a negative
impact on the economic structure of
Hawaiian Gardens many businesses
residents families in school will be in
dire need of the funds and as a result
many family households will have to
retrograde to an inadequate ways of
living
so please reconsider this action and
help my community to keep on prospering
into an exemplary City that we can all
be proud to call home thank you for your
time thank you Scott Fairfield Scott
Fairfield
good morning I’m the current chief of
police of the city of Bell Gardens
should this initiative pass it’ll be yet
another decision made in Sacramento that
affects the residents of our city in an
unfortunate and unfair way with the
early release programs and some of the
other issues that are happy in our
communities the mental health funding
any significant loss of funding to the
casino will impact public safety in our
city immensely I ask that you take into
consideration the individuals who live
in small communities like ours that
count on this this money and this tax
resource to survive in a community that
has been growing and growing over the
years largely because of the impact of
our casino so once again I ask that you
seriously consider the individuals that
you see here and the individuals that
don’t have a voice today I seen
firsthand what happens we’re already
short-handed in law enforcement in our
community and another loss would be huge
so please take that in consideration and
thank you for the time today thank you
mark Henderson councilmember mark
Henderson and ladies and gentlemen I
understand your enthusiasm but in order
for to protect the time but Pete’s
speakers have please let’s keep our
applause at a minimum thank you sorry
about that
good morning Commission my name is
councilman mark Henderson representing
the city of Gardena as stated by our
senator former councilman city of
Gardena as well as current mayor of city
of Gardena a gardenia is fortunate
enough to have the courtesy of being in
partnership with two card clubs the
hustler casino as well as the lucky lady
and with the the quantitative numbers in
regards to if this initiative were to
move forward the impact on our general
fund is a loss of one point three six
million in revenue so that’s that’s the
let’s talk about the qualitative issues
and what it means to our community what
it means to our community it has a
negative grossly negative impact on our
public safety on the training of our
police officers on our diversionary
programs on our youth programs on our
senior programs these are the things
that we actually pride ourselves in in
our community of 62,000 people we rely
on this revenue to make sure that our
community is burgeoning we’re moving
forward and this would have a negative
and extremely and grossly negative
impact on us so we are urging you to
please reconsider or take all this
feedback into account in consideration
of your decision and think about the
folks behind the decisions that we are
making us as elected leaders we always
talk about the numbers in the budget
but we also have to focus on the people
and what these dollars mean to the
people so our youth our seniors our
public safety our training our parks
maintenance our facilities maintenance
all the things that help make a
community what it is to support the
people I thank you for your time this
morning god bless you thank you
councilmember Ralph Franklin city
manager Jose polio
Pulido Pedro asset uno good morning good
morning
councilmember paradise eternal
representing the city of Bell Gardens
the muscle here on behalf of the
California cities for self-reliance
joint powers authority which is a number
of cities in LA County that have card
casinos chairperson you’ve heard a lot
this morning on the impacts and I’m
gonna come here today before you and
tell you a story of what the casino did
to an individual like myself when I was
about 12 years old we had a little
league baseball and we always remember
that our younger siblings or her friends
were gonna utilize an old uniform
recycled uniforms what we used to say
when we were growing up that year was of
year that the casino the bicycle casino
came into Bell Gardens they gave us
brand new uniforms and I still remember
hearing the dollar amount of each of
those uniforms $70 back then talking
about 33 years back we lost our first
game because we didn’t want to slide we
didn’t want to rip that uniform
we knew that this was these were the
uniforms that our siblings and our
friends will be using the following year
because that’s what our mentality was
needless to say it was a two-game
elimination we won our next game we
eventually lost our fourth game or so
and the team that beat us they still
remember eight to six was a team that we
felt that we could have beat but for not
sliding and not wanting the rip those
uniforms we chose not to today you’ve
heard stories on how the casinos give
back they give in many ways they give
back to kids nowadays that have an
opportunity to go to higher education in
many cases first and their families so
reconsider what you may do make sure we
keep our casinos in business thank you
very much thank you
hey tremble Hank
Trimble you signed in to us
that’s teasing well we might have room
at the end all right so Devon Coomer
Ernie Crespo
able Avalos
good morning my name is Abel Avalos and
I’m the Community Development Director
for the city of Bell Gardens the
proposed regulation change is quite
frankly baffling I haven’t heard any
good public policy or legal reasoning as
to why this is even being considered
this is nothing more than a thinly
veiled attempt by Indian Gaming and
outside special interests to kill urban
casinos and as a result devastate the
communities in which they operate look
around you that this room isn’t filled
by outside special interests it’s filled
with people that live and work in our
communities and I can tell you as a
person who grew up in Bell Gardens back
in the early 80s mid 80s when the
concept of a casino in Bell Gardens was
being proposed I can tell you that there
was a lot of fear-mongering about what
that would do to our communities that it
would bring crime that it would take
away valuable resources from police and
fire parks and recs would be
non-existent and it would just be
rampant with drug abuse and prostitution
I can tell you as a person who grew up
in that community and who now works to
improve that community that couldn’t be
further from the truth and you know it
the reality is is that the casinos are
the lifeblood of some of these
communities now all of you here on the
dais you each live in a community that
was in some way affected by the loss of
redevelopment just five years ago big or
small every city was impacted ours more
than others Hawaiian Gardens Bell
Gardens Gardena we were all affected
negatively by that now on top of that
you’re considering some regulation
changes that will potentially take away
40% of our current general fund think
about that a moment think about your
communities what that would mean to your
communities if tomorrow 40% of the
city’s general fund was cut where do you
think those cuts are going to come from
okay what I’m asking you today is to
consider this not as your formal
positions but put yourself in
the shoes of the people that are here
and what that means to their communities
okay it could be devastating and I can
tell you the irony is that 40 years ago
all that talk about all the negative
stuff that would happen has it
materialized but you today could
potentially make that happen if you vote
to keep these regulations you’re
proposing to impose those regulation
thank you very think about that thank
you edgar Cisneros Bureau good morning
good morning don’t want to be repetitive
but my name is Edgar Cisneros city
administrator for the city of Commerce I
want to echo all the comments that
you’ve heard before you this morning all
comments from individuals that are very
concerned with the serious task ahead of
you hopefully you’ll take those into
account for the city of commerce I want
to underscore what our mayor said but
again not be repetitive it would have a
severe impact on our city budget we have
dozens of residents here dozens of
employees that they’re concerned they’re
kin they’re concerned about their jobs
and they’re concerned because they love
to provide services for the community
members that are here today and the
actions that you take in the decisions
that you make will impact our community
and many communities throughout LA
County
I want to respectfully urge the bureau
to consider having another Los Angeles
hearing because as you can see this
one’s at capacity and people have been
deprived of the opportunity to pursue
participate I would also like to request
that you hold it in the evening or on
the weekend because we do have members
of the community that works so please
allow folks the opportunity to
participate you also have players that
rely on these games the way that they
are for entertainment and hopefully
you’ll make this hearing or the next
hearing more central to them so that
they can also participate and share
their feedback greatly appreciate you
for holding this hearing and hopefully
all these comments are being taken into
account thank you very much on behalf of
the city of
Iliana
a testigo good morning my name is Ileana
a chica I am a longtime resident of
Hawaiian Gardens growing up in Hawaiian
Gardens I have seen the positive impact
that the casino has brought in thousands
of jobs great quality of life for the
residents lower crime stats amazing
opportunities for its residents in
programming for seniors our youth even
toddlers our youth is our future is our
city motto we truly believe that and we
live it day by day
currently the city offers a wide range
of scholarships and job opportunities
such as computer labs sports dance
programming senior nutrition homework
assistance we truly believe that our
parks make life better without the
casino revenue none of this would be
possible I strongly urge you to
reconsider implementing your new casino
regulations thank you for your time
thank you
Evette Avena hello hello my name is eva
Avena and i’m here to speak to you as a
resident of hawaiian gardens i have
lived in the small city with a big heart
for thirty years and let me just state
that the big heart has not always been
there in fact at one point our
neighborhood was infested with gangs
crime and drugs and growing up this
meant that it was just a matter of time
before you were consumed in a toxic
lifestyle to be honest if it were not
for the city programs I would have
became another statistic by either
becoming a teen mom or high school
dropout just like my sisters two of my
three sisters became teen moms one never
graduated high school to suffer with
drug addictions and one has been to
prison three times and the only
difference between my siblings and
myself is that I was fortunate enough to
find refuge within the city programs at
a very young age I participated in the
Boys and Girls Club played on various
city sports teams and was a regular at
the local Teen Center the staff taught
me good work ethic and responsibility
and they exposed me to what life could
be what they proper education because of
these programs I defeated all the
statistics statistics that come with
being a Latina from a low-income
community meaning no I did not become a
teen mom no I did not get into drugs I
know I do not receive public assistance
in fact I am proud to say that I am part
of the 1% of Latinas that holding
master’s degree now that I am a bit
older and have a nine-month-old daughter
at home I want to ensure that she too
has the same opportunities as I did
however that may not be the case if you
decide to approve the proposed casino
regulations if approved the redoes
reduction in revenues will lead to a
decrease in law enforcement and
elimination of all recreational programs
which in turn will lead to a bigger gang
presence and higher crime rate something
that works so hard to keep my daughter
from I urge you to take into
consideration the negative impact these
were
relations can potentially have on a
community that heavily relies on casino
revenue not only are you jeopardizing
the quality of life for my daughter and
other residents are you also risking the
livelihoods of the many city employees
and their families thank you for your
time Artie fields Eadie Medrano
good morning I’m ed Medrano and I’m
representing the city of Gardena I’m the
currently the city manager of the city
of Gardena I know you have heard
testimony from many individuals about
the financial impacts to the communities
as a result of the proposed changes I
want to tell you that in many of these
communities Gaming has been part of the
fabric of these communities for a long
time in gardena since the 50s arguably
we were one of the first communities in
California to start gaming and as a
result we have relied on this funding
for many many many years so when you
talk about having a shift that
substantially will impact our finances
it’s difficult just last year we had to
reduce our funding from the casinos by
two million dollars the impact of this
will cause approximately another two
million dollars it’s hard to say what
rotation we’ll do because it’s almost
impossible to quantify how how much of
an impact but we estimated at least two
million dollars from this not to mention
what’s proposed changes to black what
blackjack like games could have what
does this do for us it impacts a lot of
services and these are services that
come right out of our general fund most
importantly in a city like Gardena those
service cuts are gonna come from Public
Safety because they’re the most
important and they are actually the most
expensive no surprise to anything anyone
else in this room and as a result of
that we’re gonna have to make tough
tough decisions and those tough
decisions are people in services so I’ve
had the opportunity to be a city manager
for a short period of time but most of
my career has been as a police officer
in the chief for over 11 years I was
president the LA County police chiefs
and the California police chiefs
Association and throughout my history I
have seen when times like this come up
with regulations that will have negative
impacts on communities in terms of
revenue
the Chiefs get concerned because once
again they know they have the largest
budgets and they’re being asked to do
more with less
constantly we understand the regulations
need to be reviewed but I want you to
really consider those direct impacts to
Public Safety at a time we’re dealing
with homeless mentally ill active
shooter natural disasters release early
release of prisoners there’s a lot of
pressures on communities to enhance
services not cut services so as you
consider these changes please consider
the impacts not only to the cities but
all of the employees who work for these
casinos who mainly live in our
communities and are you know productive
citizens so thank you and I appreciate
your consideration
mark collegian Christian Hernandez mark
collegian was the first one know and
Christian Hernandez
going once all right Cecil ramble good
morning my name is Cecil Rambo I’m the
city manager in the City of Compton and
just like city manager Medrano I spent a
great deal of my career in law
enforcement and been a city manager a
short period of time the last four years
in Compton here one of the things I will
echo on behalf of my mayor and council
as well as the 98 thousand residents and
the City of Compton is we partner with
our casino in our card room the Cristal
and this impacts people it impacts jobs
and impacts livelihoods right now we
have fire personnel deployed in Malibu
and across the state at these
devastating wildfires this means two
million dollars in revenue for the City
of Compton any impact to our gaming room
affects people jobs in the community so
with that I understand your position but
I have to support our folks and I hope
that you support the community in
Compton also thank you
Joseph Cruz her gender sing
Clint oh oh sorry Silvia Gooden
good morning my name is Silvia Gooden
I’ve lived in the city of Hawaiian
Gardens for 50-plus years I also work
for the city of Horn guards as a
community outreach liaison and first of
all I wanted to say approval on this
regulation will not only affect Hawaiian
Gardens but other local communities in
the state’s sixty-six communities
twenty-three thousand local jobs eight
hundred million annual income for
California and other communities two
billion annual economic activity and
three hundred million federal state
local tax revenue those services include
youth services senior services Public
Safety food and excursion programs that
support our low-income seniors which
numbers are in the hundreds we are a
good City and are not so financially
wealthy City with most of our population
falling under or just above the poverty
level what we have been able to provide
with the financial support of the garden
casino is without question life-saving
our gang membership in the city has been
impacted and has decreased by offering
alternatives to our youth including
sports law enforcement programming
mental counseling youth events clean
slate laser tattoo removal community
empowerment programs lives have changed
many of our youth and adults have
decided to steer away from violence and
gangs and have decided to remove
gang-related tattoos through the support
of the city of our programs thank you
Luis Polanco hello my name is Luis and I
came here today to voice my frustration
and fear at the proposed sanctions that
you are trying to put under casinos
these sanctions threatened to destroy
our beautiful city and set us back 20
years I lived in Hawaiian Gardens before
the casino and saw and witnessed
firsthand what our community is like
with lack of funding programs for adults
youth children and seniors it’s a very
scary thing because I grew up in this
community I grew up in these programs
they helped me go get through school and
actually I make a living through the
city I’m an employee as well
your sanctions the only thing I see that
they propose is adding to the
unemployment really because that’s all
you hear is less loss of jobs loss of
jobs so I beg you to not cut these or do
these sanctions that would been that
would not benefit our city our city is
too small and we lacked funding other
than the casino it would destroy our
community and like I said it just
jeopardizes many lives in our community
and I beg you not to go through this
thank you very much
Rose commissar Rose commissar
Ernie of a legis
Ernie V il le GA s with Oxnard I think
that’s me okay my apologies but he asked
I work for Elle Concilio which is an
organization in in Ventura County and so
behalf of our Elle Concilio I’d like to
go ahead and just read a statement from
them on behalf of the Board of Directors
the entire staff of ill-concealed
services we would like to inform you of
the generous support our agency has
received from our local cardroom
facility the players casino since their
entrance in our community we have
received financial support which has
allowed us to support l can see Leo’s
various quality of life programs for our
low-income underserved Latino population
these services included youth for
success a multi-faceted youth leadership
and development program for at-risk
youth citizens program which has
assisted over 8,000 permanent residents
to become citizens with a
community-based approach to
naturalization and direct assistance
program bilingual bicultural direct
one-on-one information and referral
assistance we are a nonprofit community
based organization founded 1975 and our
mission is to provide direct services
and educate programs to the Latino
communities we can fulfill our mission
because of the support we receive from
committed corporate citizens and
individual donors such as the players
casino they have been a committed a
committed corporate citizen and a great
partner for ill-concealed Family
Services their contribution has allowed
us to forward our mission in our
community and that’s very impactful
because the entire staff the entire
organization really has taken a
leadership role in Ventura County to
make our programs
as successful as we can we really count
on that kind of leadership the actions
being considered by the Bureau of
gambling controls would have a direct
and negative impact to our community for
decades the cardroom have contributed
steady tax revenues well-paying jobs and
capital improvement in closing as the
Bureau of gambling control considers
actions that will significantly harm the
revenues of cardrooms
we encourage you to recognize the
positive impact of cardrooms what
they’ve had in our communities as you
can see throughout here with people
testifying we’re very concerned about
the lack of public process of such a
drastic action and we really appreciate
you having these hearings so we’re
thankful and support and looking forward
to a long term relationship with players
been seated thank you and you want to
leave that letter with us okay
did you want to leave that letter thank
you Jesse Alvarado
listen les there’s another okay Evelyn
Dyess hello it’s Evelyn Diaz thank you
so good morning my name is Evelyn Diaz
and I’m here in support of a Commerce
Casino I’m a resident of the city of
commerce the literacy program manager
for the city of Commerce Public Library
and the treasurer for the city of
Commerce employee of Association have
asked me local 773 because of the
various roles and development through
the city I self-identify as a work a
walking product of the city of commerce
I lived in the city for 30 years and
have participated in most if not all of
the programs offered through the city
and in turn financial support of the
Commerce Casino one of the programs that
has had the greatest effect on me is the
commerce scholarship which the casino
generally generously donates $50,000 on
an annual basis because of the
scholarship I stand before you with the
bachelors degree in sociology and
Chicano Latino Studies and a master’s
degree in school counseling both from
Long Beach State
and currently as a doctoral student and
educational leadership at UCLA as a
recipient of the scholarship and now
manager of the program I can personally
attest to the positive impact it’s had
on my life and the students that have
received a scholarship through the
casino support education of the means of
through the means of donation since it’s
early stages of the scholarship in 1983
the Commerce Casino has donated over a
million dollars and has helped over
2,000 students pursue their college
education by easing the financial
hardship hardship pursuing an education
has its helps students see college as a
viable option last year alone we
provided 72 scholarships let me repeat
that because as it should resonate in
you because of the annual $50,000
donation from the Commerce Casino we
have provided 72 scholarships for
students to pursue their college
education last year alone the Commerce
Casino consistently invests in their
community and I hope you allow them to
continue to do so as a bureau you have a
responsibility consider to consider the
rippling effects this change will have
on the communities the casinos operate
in thank you for your time
mr. hunt with the City of Compton
Andres Herrera with Oxnard good morning
my name is andreas Avera and I am from
Oxnard I am also the president that
concealed family services in Oxnard
our players casino is in city Ventura
and they can speak for themselves as to
how much that casino has helped them and
their bottom line to provide services
for the city but I’m speaking on behalf
of the conceiving that provides
countywide services and that are
enhanced by our builders are enhanced by
the participation of the players casino
with their generous contributions to our
programs by volunteering as well in our
programs we’ve been able to provide
tremendous amounts of services within
our city and other cities and all of
that will be lost because the players
casino is involved in the community not
just in the city of Ventura which they
reside but they are a model corporate
citizen where they participate not only
locally but as well as throughout the
county and we’re very much in support of
their continuing operations and our
relationship with them to be our mentor
to make sure we sustain the services we
provide for a very underserved community
in our city in our county thank you very
much
Robert read Tom Kang
wilco Dominic
Renee baba dia
good morning members of the Commission
my name is Rene Bobadilla in the
economic development director for the
city of Commerce I’m gonna take a page
from my Bell Gardens colleague and not
the torn pants page but the page about
putting yourself in the shoes as your
residents would and your community’s us
losing in the city of Commerce losing
revenue from the Commerce Casino would
equate to about sixteen million dollars
of revenue that would be lost that would
devastate our community it would
devastate the residents that partake in
the programs that they so so much
deserve I’m truly heartbroken to see
that this potential outcome can affect
our community in this way we lost
redevelopment 2012 it completely took
away our ability to develop and bring
development to our town so the loss of
this revenue is is paramount for us and
we urge you to really reconsider and
think about the impacts that this
decision will make to communities like
ours Bell Gardens Gardena Compton and
others we pride ourselves in our
programs if you’ve heard today about the
amounts of of generosity our casinos
throughout the state of California give
to our communities ours in particular
scholarships libraries and more
importantly public safety if we lose the
60 million dollars to our community
which is 40 percent of our entire
revenue we would we would have to make
severe cuts primarily to our public
safety fire and sheriff and as our city
administrator mentioned we urge you to
please listen to to our communities a
lot of our residents took days off of
work today to attend this meeting some
of them cannot because of work issues if
you can please ensure that other
meetings can be held in the evening to
let our community members come and voice
their concerns but the impacts are gonna
be severe and we really truly hope that
the Commission takes these into
consideration
and as they make their decisions really
diligently look at how these communities
throughout the state of California and
particularly commerce and all the cities
that are here today will be effective
our residents really truly rely on our
revenue from casinos and we so
wholeheartedly hope that you take all
that into consideration thank you Thank
You Sammy for us with the hustler casino
good morning my name is Sammy farik I
work for hustle casino I’m a car dealer
the regulations you’re proposing will
affect everyone in this room all the
cities we are the working poor we are
not the filthy rich
we need our government to give us a hand
up not a kick down
we need our governments work for us we
want you to work for us we want you to
go back and tell the Commission that
this will affect our mortgages our kids
in college our car payments all of our
communities you need to stand up for us
not the special interests thank you very
much
safe Haddad with Acme safe Haddad good
you don’t want to talk after all
okay John Plata with agua caliente
thank you my name is John Plata with
aqua Caliente a band of Cahuilla Indians
thank you for your time today
I just wanted to let you know that we’re
gonna rely on our written comments that
we submitted on the continuous and
systematic rotation requirement and I
want to urge the bureau of gamle control
to develop regulations that address the
rotation requirement in a way that
upholds the California constitutional
prohibition against Bane games ladies
and gentlemen thank you lady we talked
about being courteous and collegial if
we can please remember that as we
proceed thank you ladies and gentlemen
we appreciate your concern your
consideration and courtesy for all
speakers as director shimasu reminded
you this is going to be a professional
and polite experience for everyone Thank
You Jamie Valencia
Thank You commission I have a unique
perspective in this I lived in the city
of commerce in my life and I worked at
Commerce Casino in Dade County
Department for 25 years as last night as
I’m thinking of putting a financial
report together to show the importance
of financial gain that that the casino
gives other communities I decided to get
a little personal because because what
happens is I couldn’t put a financial
report together the Commerce Casino
employs 10,000 people how do you say
10,000 working in the county department
we pay out millions of dollars our light
bill alone is 300,000 the McDonald’s
next to us how to do a second a second
drive-through because you know some
employees and also some Patriots had
come to to our community to visit our
casino might stop and there the gas
station alone Commerce Casino spends
three hundred and fifty dollars in the
gas station alone across the street but
let me get personal in 1986 I had a
motorcycle accident I used to be a
lifeguard and I used to Tod life-saving
so then what happened was I ended up in
a special hospital car Rancho Los Amigos
and down in California in that hospital
and that hospital they trained you to
come back into and to real life because
I’m not the same person I was before and
I was trained for something that was not
able to do before
so after the five years came along short
I they had a program where they gave me
some money to go to how to buy anything
that I would need to go to get back into
society so I started playing at
different places
I took a circle around my my home of 20
miles and I apply it everywhere even
though it’s more qualified nobody ever
gave me a chance so nightly started to
go next door where we’re next door to
the Commerce Casino they did not
discriminate I originally applied for a
position downstairs we even know if they
qualify they said you have a little bit
more Skills where you can put you up in
the county department so I went up to
the Karen Department and then every five
years I have a I have a a interview an
exit interview that the the hospital
keeps track of how people in my
condition are doing so then so the first
year they told me that you might not be
able to
so you have to really consider knowing
that you might go over to fail so then
what happened was the after a year with
the first year they give you money to
buy anything you need to go back to work
and they give you full insurance for one
year after the first year that doctor
called me and said you know your insurer
is gonna run now what are you gonna do
you have a pre-existing condition keep
in mind this is 1982 realizing that my
casino did not give up
they paid three hundred and fifty
thousand not just for me but for all the
employees I had a precondition condition
and that’s the what’s gonna affect with
this gaming revenue that’s one of the
most important things that I want the
Commission to know thank you thank you

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