Saturday, July 28, 2007

Labor Union, Racetracks seek statewide vote on slots


Union, tracks seek slots vote
Tribal gambling expansion threatens jobs, doesn't help workers, they say.

By Peter Hecht - Bee Capitol Bureau

Representatives for hotel and casino workers and two leading California horse racing tracks Friday announced a petition drive to force a statewide vote on four major tribal gambling expansions in Southern California.

Officials for the UNITE HERE union and the Hollywood Park and Bay Meadows racetracks filed papers with the state attorney general's office late Friday seeking a Feb. 5 referendum on agreements that would add 17,000 new casino slot machines.

If the groups succeed in gathering 443,971 valid signatures of registered voters by Oct. 10, Californians can count on one of the most expensive and combative ballot fights in recent years.

"We are doing this because the largest single expansion of gambling in American history does not provide appropriate worker rights," said Jack Gribbon, political director for UNITE HERE. "It's clear these compacts just make a small gambling cartel in Southern California rich and do nothing for poor Indian tribes."

The referendum seeks to overturn controversial gambling agreements that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed and the Legislature approved for four tribes: the Morongo Band of Mission Indians, the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation.

In a statement Friday, Pechanga tribal Chairman Mark Macarro called the referendum effort "an attack on the people, an attack on the governor and an attack on both houses of the Legislature.

"We will do what it takes to protect our agreement with the state," he added.

Under the agreements, the four tribes can each install between 3,000 and 5,500 new slot machines. They each now operate 2,000 slot machines, earning $200 million to $425 million each, according to 2005 financial reports.

Union activists are furious that the governor and the Legislature didn't require the tribes to accept provisions allowing workers to organize by collecting signed cards instead of holding secret ballot elections. Such language was included in accords signed in 2004 with other gambling tribes.

Meanwhile, racetrack owners have long fumed that burgeoning Indian gambling is severely shrinking their business.

Greg Larson, a spokesman for Bay Meadows and Hollywood Park, charged in a statement that the gambling agreements threaten the jobs of 50,000 racetrack workers.

He said the fact that tribes have an exclusive right to operate Nevada-style slot machines has "a negative impact on horse racing" and harms the California industry's ability "to compete with racetracks in other states."

Patrick Dorinson, a spokesman for the Morongo tribe in Riverside County, said Friday that state coffers would suffer dearly if the gambling agreements were overturned by voters.

"California voters need to know that without these compacts, California's current budget deficit will only grow," he said. "These compacts provide a new source of revenue for critical programs such as health care and the environment."

Schwarzenegger, in signing gambling compacts with five major tribes last year, said the gambling deals could generate $13.4 billion to $22.4 billion in tribal revenue-sharing payments to the state over 25 years.

One of the tribes -- the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians in San Bernardino -- is still awaiting approval in the Legislature for its bid to add up to 5,500 new slot machines.

"The governor stands by his compacts. He believes they are good for the state, the tribes and the local communities," the governor's spokeswoman, Sabrina Lockhart, said Friday.

Representatives for other major casino tribes -- including the United Auburn tribe near Sacramento and the Pala tribe in San Diego County -- participated in discussions on the ballot referendum to block the Southern California casino expansions.

But Howard Dickstein, an attorney for the tribes, said Friday they haven't decided on whether to participate or financially support the ballot effort.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Bye, bye Tiger Stadium?


Detroit gives group OK to tear down old ballpark

DETROIT (AP) -- The City Council on Friday authorized a public-private partnership to take control of Tiger Stadium with the option of tearing down the historic ballpark.

On a 5-4 vote, the council gave the Detroit Economic Development Corp. the authority to demolish the park.

The decision ends years of debate over what to do with the stadium, which housed the Detroit Tigers for more than 80 years.

Earlier, Hall of Fame sportscaster Ernie Harwell made his case for saving Tiger Stadium from the wrecking ball, telling City Council members he would be willing to mediate between them and groups wanting to preserve the venerable ballpark.

Harwell asked the council to postpone any decision on the stadium's future until after the council returns in September.

However, council members decided to vote on whether to turn over the stadium project to the DEDC.

Harwell said he preferred a scaled-down version of the stadium that would seat 8,000 to 10,000 people and be used for high school baseball, soccer and lacrosse games. He also suggested a music museum to highlight the city's music heritage.

"Tiger Stadium has meant a lot to generations," Harwell said. "If we can't (save part of it), we'll have to keep Tiger Stadium in our memory, our mind and our heart, and cherish it that way."
The council long has tried to decide what to do with the ballpark.

Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has sought to demolish part of it to help redevelop a neighborhood in need of new stores and homes.

Tiger Stadium -- under several names -- has stood at the corner of Michigan and Trumbull since 1912. It has been empty since team owner Mike Ilitch moved the ballclub to Comerica Park in 2000.

City officials have said security and maintenance costs Detroit $25,000 each month.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

EDITORIAL: The first of Mike Malik's failed attempts to develop a Marina on Harsens Island

According to an Editorial published in the Port Huron Times Herald on 07.24.2007:

...Mike Malik, a former Algonac city councilman is a close associate of Detroit's influential Ilitch family.

Malik is the chief promoter of a proposed casino at the Thomas Edison Inn in Port Huron. He also has big plans for the 430 acres he controls on Harsens Island. For starters, he wants to dig a boat basin and surround it with scores of McMansions and townhouses.

Fifteen years ago, Malik and wealthy toolmaker Fred Smith of Mount Clemens proposed transforming old CampBold Drusilla Farwell into a Victorian-style resort called Grande Pointe Marina. The $100 million development would have included a hotel, 18-hole golf course and a sprawling marina with at least 1,150 boat slips.

The Harsens Island Preservation Association, led by A.J. Feeney, put up spirited opposition. On March 4, 1992, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed the public-comment portion of its permit process, it had received 275 letters of opposition and only 12 in favor of Grande Pointe Marina. The project died...

Is Michael Malik renewing interest in online gambling ventures?

MJM Interactive Venture, LLC was formed by William Serwer, Michael J. Malik, Sr.'s business attorney, in October 2004 and while there was no activity registered with the Michigan Departmen of Labor & Economic Growth since; however, Serwer renewed MJM Interactive Venture March 8, 2007.

Malik's former partner and fellow founder of Detroit's MotorCity Casino, Herb Strather, has recently renewed his involvement in, and found a way to exploit opportunities with, internet gaming. Is Malik renewing his interest in online gambling ventures too?

Although both Malik and Strather are considered founders in MotorCity Casino and were reportedly instrumental in the campaign that narrowly won voter approval of gaming in Detroit; Malik and Strather were among a handful of business people who were denied gambling licenses by the Michigan Gaming Control Board and as a result were forced to sell their "shares" in MotorCity Casino before the gambling hall opened for business.

Online gambling perhaps is void of the same stumbling blocks those like Malik and Strather faced when licensing was required.

And, if Malik's entering the world of online gambling, who might his business partners be? His previous syndication partnerships have involved Detroit's Ilitch Family, Harrah's, Mandalay Resort Group, Circus Circus and others.

Malik's California casino partner Virgil Moorehead had previously entered into an agreement paving the way for his tribe, the Big Lagoon Rancheria, to set up an online gambling venture.

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Big Lagoon Rancheria chairman intended to operate online gambling venture

Records on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission indicate that Virgil Moorehead had previously entered into a contract with InterBet, Inc., a Nevada based corporation, to have the Big Lagoon Rancheria licensed to conduct internet gaming; namely online Bingo for cash and possibly other games as might be allowed under IGRA.

InterBet agreed to pay all costs associated with the establishment and operation of the enterprise, and to pay to the Tribe no less than sixty percent (60%) and no more than seventy percent (70%) of net proceeds.

So-called "Homemaker" Marian Ilitch was inducted into Michigan Women's Hall of Fame as a Business Leader

Although Marian Ilitch lists here occupation simply as "Homemaker" on federal political contributions records, here's what's posted on the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame Web site regarding 2001 inductee Marian Bayoff Ilitch:

"Marian Bayoff Ilitch (1933 - )
Inducted: 2001 (along with seven other women including Aretha Franklin)
Era: Contemporary
Area(s) of Achievement: Business

Marian Bayoff Ilitch, in partnership with her husband Michael, founded a booming business, sports, and entertainment conglomerate that has fueled the economic growth of the city of Detroit and the state of Michigan. Marian’s considerable business acumen helped expand one Little Caesars’ Pizza restaurant in Garden City into one of the top pizza chains in the world.

Success in the fast-food business allowed the Ilitches to enter the Motor City sports and entertainment world. Marian has been the driving force and financial whiz behind these investments. As co-owner of the Detroit Red Wings, Marian has been gratified by the city pride generated by
Stanley Cup wins. Passionate about preserving urban Motown, Marian saw development potential when others were fleeing the city. This prompted her to recommend the purchase of the abandoned Fox Theatre and the adjoining office building by the Ilitch family. She personally oversaw their successful restorations. Immediately following the renovations, the Little Caesars’ world headquarters moved downtown to further revitalize the urban center. In 1999 Marian and her partners built the Motor City Casino in Detroit, bringing more business to the metro area.

In 1993 Marian was the only female invited to the White House to discuss the needs of Detroit and the President’s empowerment zone concept. In 1994 Marian was named the number one female business owner in the nation in Working Woman magazine. In 1990 Marian and Mike received the National Preservation Award for the restoration of the Fox Theatre presented by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. In addition, she was honored by the Greater Detroit Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners as one of Michigan’s Top 25 women business owners in 1994. And if this were not enough, Marian achieved another impressive accomplishment; she raised seven children during her business career.

Marian and Mike’s business ventures have offered employment opportunities for tens of thousands of employees nationwide and have provided the foundation for successful franchises throughout the United States, as well as internationally. Their charitable activities are also expansive. The Little Caesars’ Love Kitchen has fed more than 1.5 million hungry people and disaster victims nationwide and in Canada."

Since she was inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame, Marian Ilitch purchased all outstanding shares of MotorCity Casino from Mandalay Resort Group/MGM Mirage and others to take 100% ownership interest of MotorCity Casino making it the #1 Woman owned casino in the United States.

She has also bankrolled plans for two casinos in Hawaii, two Indian casinos in California and an Indian Casino in the Hamptons resort area on New York's Long Island; and lobbied for yet another Indian casino in Port Huron, Michigan.

Marian, her family and her business partner Michael J. Malik, Sr. contributed more than $900,000 to political candidates and commitees primarily between 2003 & 2006; often listing her employer & occupation (details required by law) as " N/A & Homemaker." If she's willing to play blatant games like that, what other games is she playing that aren't so obvious?

Shame on Marian Ilitch for trying to mask the truth!

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Indian Tribe Battles To Build Casino (7/24)


There is a battle taking place over a pristine aquatic sanctuary on the california north coast. it's a place called Big Lagoon, north of Eureka, and it's home to small tribe of native americans who want to build a casino and the clock is ticking. what's holding up the protection of one of california's coastal treasures.

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Editorial: Islanders need to help decide merits of bridge



The state's decision to deny a permit for a bridge across the North Channel of the St. Clair River comes as good news, if only because it's still unclear where most Harsens Islanders stand on the issue.

It is the islanders, after all, whose lives and land values will be most affected.

Many of them sought out Harsens Island for its slow-paced charm. "It's neat to feel like you're four hours away from the city and only be one hour away," islander Steve Levrick said in a 2004 interview with the Macomb Daily.

Of course, the island hasn't always been so laid-back. In the first half of the 20th century, Detroiters flocked to Tashmoo Amusement Park and filled the island's hotels and restaurants.

Depending on one's point of view, a bridge - and the development it might bring - would either destroy Harsens Island's lifestyle or restore it.

The idea for a bridge is not new. In 1980, for example, East Detroit hair stylist Steve LaRue tried to form a private corporation, the Harsens Island Bridge and Tunnel Association Inc., to raise money for a 70-foot-tall suspension bridge.

The current proposal is rather better funded. The bridge would be built by 80-year-old Matty Moroun, a trucking tycoon who already owns the Ambassador Bridge.

Moroun's next-door neighbor in Grosse Pointe Shores is Mike Malik, a former Algonac city councilman and a close associate of Detroit's influential Ilitch family.

Malik is the chief promoter of a proposed casino at the Thomas Edison Inn in Port Huron. He also has big plans for the 430 acres he controls on Harsens Island. For starters, he wants to dig a boat basin and surround it with scores of McMansions and townhouses.

Fifteen years ago, Malik and wealthy toolmaker Fred Smith of Mount Clemens proposed transforming old Camp Drusilla Farwell into a Victorian-style resort called Grande Pointe Marina. The $100 million development would have included a hotel, 18-hole golf course and a sprawling marina with at least 1,150 boat slips.

The Harsens Island Preservation Association, led by A.J. Feeney, put up spirited opposition. On March 4, 1992, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed the public-comment portion of its permit process, it had received 275 letters of opposition and only 12 in favor of Grande Pointe Marina. The project died.

Last week, state officials rejected Moroun's plan to build a 1,950-foot bridge near the foot of Island Drive, west of the Champion's Auto Ferry landing. At midstream, the structure would include a 130-foot bascule bridge, similar to the railroad drawbridge across the mouth of the Black River in Port Huron.

The state Department of Environmental Quality based its rejection of the permit on issues such as riparian rights and healthy fisheries. Public opinion wasn't a relevant factor, but perhaps it should be.

Local endorsement of the bridge is unnecessary, legally speaking, but it presumably would carry weight with elected leaders and the larger public.

It only seems fair and proper to ask islanders for their opinion on such a vital issue, perhaps via a nonbinding advisory referendum similar to the 2001 casino vote in Port Huron.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Assembly GOP Whip urges colleagues to oppose Ilitch driven Barstow gaming compacts

California Legislature



April 18, 2007

Dear Colleague:

I urge you to reject SB 157 (Wiggins, Ashburn), a bill to ratify the proposed tribal/state gaming compacts that would establish a casino in the City of Barstow by Barwest LLC and the Ilitch Family of Detroit under the auspices of Indian Gaming. These developers are trying to abuse the intent of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act for their own private benefit.

Although I understand the desire of the Los Coyotes and Big Lagoon Indian tribes to pull themselves out of poverty, these proposals stray from the spirit of the law and undermine the goodwill expressed by the California electorate when it authorized Tribal gaming. Opponents of Indian gaming tried to scare the voters by telling them “casinos would spring up everywhere,” and SB 157 will bring that claim to reality.

Tribal gaming should be conducted on Indian lands and near their reservations. These two tribes are moving across the State to create new reservations, exercise governmental jurisdiction, and build casinos on lands 700 and 120 miles away from their existing reservations. This is not what we voted for; this is not what the Tribes promised.

I understand the need to protect the environment near the Big Lagoon, but I am certain there is a 20-acre parcel of land within the homeland of the Big Lagoon tribe that they can use for gaming. In regards to the Los Coyotes Tribe, I see no prevailing public policy reason to move them from their existing reservation in North County San Diego just for a better market location.

Furthermore, you should reject SB 157 on the grounds that the proposed gaming locations are NOT INDIAN LANDS. Neither of these tribes exercises governmental jurisidiction over the property in Barstow, nor have they ever exercised such jurisdiction in their history.

Ratifying these compacts is bad public policy and sets a bad precedent in our State. How many more tribes will seek compacts to move from their remote reservations to more lucrative markets? We need to end reservation shopping now.

For all the reasons above I urge you to oppose SB 157.


Anthony Adams
Assemblyman 59th District

Facsimile of original "Dear Colleague" letter

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as posted 7.23.07 at

The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the town of Middleboro, Massachusetts, reached a sizable casino agreement on Friday.

The tribe agreed to share revenues from the proposed casino. . The base payment starts at $7 million and will increase by 3.1 percent annually or by the rate of the consumer price index, whichever is higher.

The tribe agreed to collect a four percent tax on hotel rooms. All proceeds will be turned over to the town.

Up front, the tribe will pay for $250 million in infrastructure improvements. They include: $172 million in transportation upgrades; $13 million in electric upgrades; $12.4 million in natural gas upgrades; $22.5 million in water upgrades; and $26.3 million in sewer and wastewater upgrades.

The tribe also agreed to buy two police cruisers and two ambulances and pay for the hiring and training of eight police officers and 16 firefighters, a cost estimated at more than $2 million. The tribe will finance a compulsive gambler program every year.

The 43-page document will go before voters this Saturday. Even if it passes, the tribe must still gain approval from the state to conduct Class III gaming.

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Herb Strather behind new online slots featuring Motown Legends

as posted 7.20.07 at
Online casino software developer Atlantis Internet Group Corp (ATIG) recently announced the launch of a new online slots casino featuring legendary entertainers called Motown Legends Casino.

The online slots games will have 1960s music legends like The Four Tops and The Miracles used on the casino games. Real estate magnate and co-founder of Detroit’s land-based MotorCity Casino, Herb Strather, has also joined in the deal and will help to develop the online site.

ATIG specializes in online casino games and slot machine software and said that the new site will showcase modified online casino games alongside jukebox-style slots where players can listen to music while playing.

"This is a part of our latest product line that allows players to visit our online casino, play their favourite casino games and listen to their favourite hits at the same time,” said Donald L Bailey, Chief Executive Officer of ATIG.

Although Strather is considered among the founder of MotorCity Casino and was reportedly instrumental in the campaign that narrowly won voter approval of gaming in Detroit; Strather, Michael Malik and several others were among a handful of notable business people who were denied gambling licenses by the Michigan Gaming Control Board and as a result were forced to sell their "shares" in MotorCity Casino before the gambling hall opened for business.

Online gambling perhaps is void of the same stumbling blocks those like Strather and Malik faced when licensing was required.

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Sunday, July 22, 2007

Discrepancies in Ilitch contributions to President Bush's 2004 re-election committee

TVT has discovered discrepancies in federal campaign contributions made to President Bush's 2004 re-election committee by the Ilitch Family and an associate.

These contributions were made for the 2004 election cycle to President George W. Bush's re-election committee on June 30 & 31, 2003 by Ilitch Family members and their associate Michael J. Malik, Sr.

All five of them provided the address for Ilitch Holdings, Inc. as required under federal election disclosure laws but none of them lists "Ilitch Holdings, Inc." as their "employer."

Name, Occupation, Employer Contribution Address
George W. Bush
George W. Bush
George W. Bush
George W. Bush
George W. Bush

Scalici is Denise Ilitch's husband. While not an Ilitch Holdings, Inc. executive the address he provides is the Ilitch Holdings, Inc. headquarters not the offices of American Construction Engineers, LLC; raising questions about who really wrote or authorized the $2,000 check on his behalf.

During the same 2004 election cycle, Michael Malik reported to 18 other campaign committees that he was an executive at Ilitch Holdings, Inc. but not to the President's re-election committee.

Mike Ilitch is chairman of Ilitch Holdings, Inc.

Marian Ilitch plays games by listing her occupation as "homemaker" although she's vice chairwoman of Ilitch Holdings, Inc. and holds other corporate titles for various Ilitch Holdings subsidiaries. At the time Marian owned 25% of MotorCity Casino and was on the management committee. Rather than list the homemaker's "home address," she provides the President Bush's fundraising committee with the corporate address for Ilitch Holdings, Inc.

Denise Ilitch at the time was co-president of Ilitch Holdings, Inc. sharing the title with her brother Christopher Ilitch, also a donor along with his wife Kelle Ilitch to President Bush's committee on the same day(s) but listing his home address in Birmingham, MI 48009 rather than the Ilitch Holdings, Inc. corporate headquarters in the Fox Theater Office Building as the other five had. Christopher Ilitch indicates he's an "Ilitch Holdings/Executive." One week earlier (6.23.03) FEC records indicate Denise Ilitch gave $1,000 to Kilpatrick for United States Congress, listed her employer/occupation as "Ilitch Holdings, Inc./President." She disclosed she was an executive at Ilitch Holdings when she made a $1,000 contribution to Candice Miller for Congress on 4.18.03 as well.

Sources: these records were first reviewed at and confirmed using FEC records and Web resources available at and

Ilitch's Sports Arena Hat Trick cheats other property owner

as published 7.22.07 at Amy Ridenour's National Center Blog, a project of the National Center For Public Policy Research:

The Detroit government low balled a local landowner for the sale of her property that it deceitfully said would be developed into a parking lot. As it turns out, the land was wanted for a hockey arena - a far more valuable project than a parking lot. The government also acquired the land on behalf of a private businessman, and it then tried to transfer the land to that businessman's firm to build the arena.

Sports Arena Hat Trick Penalizes Property Owner

Detroit property owner Freda Alibri received an offer she couldn't refuse. The Detroit/Wayne County Stadium Authority, a public entity, approached her in 1997 wanting to purchase land she owned. The stadium authority wanted the land for two new sports stadiums and parking lots.Alibri gladly sold the government the property, but later discovered that some of the parking lot land, which she sold to them at a parking lot price, was instead intended to be the site of a third sports venue that made the land worth a whole lot more. Furthermore, the third venue wasn't even a public project presided over by the Stadium Authority, but rather a private venture. When Alibri protested, she was told to be happy with what she got, but she considers the transaction to be an abuse of the government's power of eminent domain.

The taxpayer-funded Stadium Authority was reportedly acquiring land so new stadiums could be built for both the Detroit Tigers baseball team and the Detroit Lions football team. In addition to property Alibri owned directly on the site of the planned stadiums, she also owned a one-acre parking lot located several blocks away. While the Stadium Authority bought the property she owned directly where the stadiums were to be built for more than $6 million, they also said they needed her parking lot, ostensibly for stadium parking. Alibri sold the lot to the Stadium Authority for $268,498.

It was later discovered that the money the Stadium Authority used to buy Alibri's parking lot was "borrowed" from Mike Ilitch, the owner of the Detroit Tigers and the Detroit Red Wings hockey team. Ilitch owned several properties close to Alibri's parking lot. He was considering building a new hockey arena on the site of the property the Stadium Authority bought from Alibri with his "loan." In 1998, the Stadium Authority tried to repay the loan by transferring Alibri's former property to an Ilitch firm. Alibri cried foul, arguing that she was deceived by the Stadium Authority so Ilitch could cheaply acquire land for his new hockey arena. She estimated her parcel would sell for almost $2 million as land for a prospective arena as opposed to $268,498 for stadium parking.

Fred Steinhardt, a condemnation lawyer with clients in the same area, told the Detroit News, "Sweetheart doesn't adequately describe what's going on. They're condemning parking lots so Mr. Ilitch can have parking lots? What's that all about?" If Ilitch's private firm could acquire the land at 1997 prices through the public Stadium Authority, then he would avoid having to buy the property for his hockey arena from individual owners at higher prices in the future.

Alibri went to court and got an injunction to stop the deal. She then sued to have her property returned. After a favorable trial court ruling was overturned on appeal, the case was brought before the Michigan Supreme Court. In July 2004, the Court sided with Alibri and returned her land.

Sources: Detroit News (August 14, 2000), Metro Times (April 23, 1997), Alibri v. Detroit/WayneCounty Stadium Authority (Michigan Supreme Court, Lansing, Michigan)**

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