Below is a statement issued by Wilton Rancheria Tribal Chairman Raymond Hitchcock. The statement includes a response by Hitchcock to an inquiry made regarding comments made by Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly, as revealed in a lawsuit filed against the City of Elk Grove earlier this week, regarding a suggested solicitation of the tribe.
“This is another attempt by card room interests to use local citizens to front their jaded agenda. The allegations in the lawsuit are acts of desperation by an opposition group afraid of competition. The publicist for Knighted Ventures, which provides services for local card clubs and acknowledged funding last year’s crooked petition drive, put his name on the press release for the lawsuit. Why don’t you ask the five Elk Grove residents whose names are on the court filing who is paying for the lawyers.
The Tribe never gave any such funds. But as you are aware, Wilton Rancheria's MOU with the City of Elk Grove generously pledges $400,000 annually to the Elk Grove School District, and we remain committed to support local education in the face of cynical efforts by out-of-area interests to create scandal where none exists. The Tribe is baffled that the local card rooms and Stand Up for California would decry such pledges.