first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe Christmas Truce of 1914 proved that peace is possibleNo, no and no. It’s Indian gaming. At the end of the past session, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger struck a half-dozen deals with tribes: 20,000 more slot machines in exchange for more money for the state. Schwarzenegger hoped the Legislature would quickly sign off on the deal, but the Democratic leadership balked, wanting more time to sort through the details. Which is reasonable, given that Gov. Gray Davis gave away the store to the tribes years ago. While Schwarzenegger’s deal could be good, because the tribes have the state over a barrel, it’s worth taking a close look before agreeing to anything. Meanwhile, if state legislators really want to get back together again, surely they can find a more pressing issue to discuss. AMONG Republicans in Sacramento, there’s talk of calling the Legislature back into session to deal with a pressing, unresolved issue. And what could that issue be? Is it … Solving California’s impending pension bust? Cutting waste from the state budget to fund infrastructure repairs? Scrapping our gerrymandered redistricting system? last_img read more