79. Mark Macarro
Mark Macarro is the elected chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, and is viewed as one of the most influential tribal voices in California. The Pechanga tribe runs the largest casino in California, but respect for Macarro stems from more than just that. He is seen as a sort of successor to Richard Milanovich, the late chair of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, who died in 2012. Pechanga’s Temecula casino helps provide it with resources to exert political clout in Sacramento, and as a funding source for campaigns and candidates. Disputes over online poker have dominated tribal Capitol concerns for years. But in its place is a new gaming issue drawing the tribes’ attention: online sports betting. Legislation is being prepared to legalize sports betting in California, and many of the casino-owning tribes are all but certain to be involved in negotiating the legislation.
Updated Aug. 15, 2018