October 20, 2022 | Press Release

California Municipal Elected Leaders Oppose Out-of-State Corporate Online Sports Betting Measure

California Municipal Elected Leaders Oppose Out-of-State Corporate Online Sports Betting Measure

For Immediate Release: October 20, 2022
Contact: Kathy Fairbanks, (916) 813-1010

Sacramento, CA – The coalition of California municipal leaders opposed to Prop 27 continues to grow. Already opposed by the League of California Cities, the California State Association of Counties and both the Democratic and Republican Parties, a large contingency of mayors and vice mayors have added their personal opposition to 27.

“The out of state corporations behind Prop 27 are misleading Californians,” said San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria. “Read the fine print. Ninety percent of the sports betting revenue it generates leaves the state to benefit corporate shareholders. Don’t be fooled, vote No on Prop 27.”

“Prop 27 would turn every cell phone, laptop and tablet into a gambling device – increasing the risks of addiction among our most vulnerable communities and hurting those who can least afford it,” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. “A massive expansion of online and mobile gambling is the last thing California needs.”

“Prop 27 is a scheme to funnel hundreds of millions of dollars away from California to out of state corporations,” said Santa Ana Mayor Vicente Sarmiento. “And in the process, the measure strips California’s Indian Tribes of their sovereign right to have the means to be self-reliant. It’s a bad deal for local communities up and down the state and for California tribes. Vote No on 27.”

“Tribal gaming has created nearly 200,000 jobs in California,” said Riverside Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson. “Prop 27 threatens the future of those jobs. None of the corporations behind this measure are based in California or invested in California. Stand with the Tribes and vote No on 27.”

“California’s tribes have responsibly operated gaming in California for decades, providing jobs and economic benefit to local communities,” said Palm Springs Mayor Lisa Middleton. “Prop 27 threatens this beneficial system that is good for tribes and good for California. Voters should reject 27.”

Below is a list of mayors and vice-mayors currently opposing Prop 27:

  • Avenal Mayor Alvaro Preciado
  • Baldwin Park Mayor Emmanuel Estrada
  • Carmel-by-the-Sea Mayor Dave Potter
  • Carmel-by-the-Sea Vice Mayor Bobby Richards
  • Citrus Heights Mayor Porsche Middleton
  • Cupertino Vice Mayor Liang Chao
  • Davis Vice Mayor Lucas Frerichs
  • Diamond Bar Mayor Steve Tye
  • Dixon Mayor Steve Bird
  • Elk Grove Vice Mayor Darren Suen
  • Glendale Mayor Ardashes Kassakhian
  • Gilroy Mayor Marie Blankley
  • Hanford Mayor Francisco Ramirez
  • Highland Mayor Larry McCallon
  • Lincoln Mayor Holly Andreatta
  • Manhattan Beach Mayor Pro Tem Richard Montgomery
  • Mendota Mayor Rolando Castro
  • Monterey City Vice Mayor Ed Smith
  • National City Mayor Alejandra Sotelo Solis
  • Oceanside Mayor Esther Sanchez
  • Ontario Mayor pro Tem Alan Wapner
  • Palm Springs Mayor Lisa Middleton
  • Palmdale Mayor Steve Hofbauer
  • Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo
  • Placentia Mayor Rhonda Shader
  • Placerville Vice Mayor Michael Saragosa
  • Rialto Mayor Deborah Robertson
  • Riverside Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson
  • Santa Ana Mayor Vicente Sarmiento
  • San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria
  • San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo
  • San Juan Bautista Vice Mayor César E. Flores
  • Sand City Mayor Mary Ann Carbone
  • Temecula Mayor Matt Rahn
  • Union City Vice Mayor Jaime Patino
  • Willits Vice Mayor Greta Kanne
  • Yucca Valley Mayor Pro Tem Rick Denison

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