Talk about a tin ear. Check this out.
From a Tucson City Council member to the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Sundt Construction to Shamrock Farms, close to 50 non-profits, businesses and politicians wrote letters in support of the Tohono O'Odham Nation as it seeks to build a resort-casino within Glendale.
Why should Tucson care about this issue? Easy...the tribe is actually located south of Tucson and the casino will be located in the middle of Glendale. Dude, that's awesome. Glendale will have to pay for all the increased traffic, infrastructure and other "secondary effects" of having a casino in the middle of town--across the street from a high school. While Tucson will benefit from any additional revenue that flows to the tribe.
Seriously, it's in really poor taste for Tucson to weigh in on behalf of the tribe. The Tribe has found a a way to exploit a loophole in the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) to expand gaming and Glendale may be forced to tolerate this intrusion, but for the Tucson community to weigh in is tacky.
(When the Gaming compacts were negotiated, the Tribes assured the state that IGRA limited gaming to land that the tribes owned before 1988--well before the compacts were approved. However, the tribe, received money to buy additional land when the federal government flooded tribal land when it built a dam. Since the Tribe is located near the Mexico border, no one really considered that the Tribe might buy replacement "reservation" in the middle of metro Phoenix nearly 200 miles north of the Tribe's traditional homeland. One of the tribe's lobbyists assured me that this wasn't a loophole.
I was going to debate the definition of a "loophole" when he also assured me that building a $600 million resort with over 1,000 slot machines, poker and blackjack in the middle of Glendale was not an "expansion." The debate looked pretty hopeless at that point.)