California compacts strongly backed by neighbors

Last month, voters in California approved four gaming compacts with 56 percent of the vote. But people who live nearby the casinos backed the agreements in higher margins, The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports.

According to the final results, 67 percent of voters within two miles of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians supported the tribe's compact. Fifty-eight percent of voters within two miles of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians and 65 percent of voters near the Morongo Band of Mission Indians supported those tribes' compacts.

In the two counties where the three tribes are located, 63 percent of voters backed the compacts. "The state needs money. If they're going to get what they say they're going to get, that will be good," one voter near the Agua Caliente Band said.

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