Appeals court rules against casino referendum — Glendale Star

The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Sept. 18 against the political committees that sought to force referendums on the reversal at City Hall that favored a tribal casino within Glendale’s boundaries.

“This is just the latest frivolous lawsuit designed to stop the Nation from bringing jobs and economic opportunity supported by Glendale and the West Valley public,” said Tohono O’odham Nation Chairman Edward Manuel in a news release that same day.

The parties that lost last year in superior court and this year in the Court of Appeals were Neighbors for a Better Glendale, No More Bad Deals for Glendale and Respect the Promise, which are committees chaired by Gary Hirsch.

The disagreement began a year ago, after the city clerk rejected 13,000-15,000 signatures from those committees. The petitions sought to place two referendums on the ballot that would have allowed voters to decide if a casino should be built within Glendale.

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