75. Mark Macarro
Mark Macarro has served for over a quarter of a century as the Tribal Chairman of the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians. Macarro is viewed as one of the most influential tribal voices in California, and he (and his lieutenant, Jacob Mejia, see No. 91) led the successful effort to place a sports wagering measure on the 2022 ballot. The initiative, which has the support of 18 tribes, was spurred by an effort from Sen. Bill Dodd and Asm. Adam Gray to put a different sports betting measure — Constitutional Amendment 6, developed without input from Pechanga — on the 2020 ballot. Tribal opposition and the COVID-19 pandemic derailed SCA6 last summer, leading to an all-out push from the tribal consortium to qualify the competing measure. If the initiative becomes law, California would join 26 other states which allow sports betting: The state’s tribal casinos and some horse-racing tracks would be allowed to offer onsite sports betting, with a 10 percent tax on gross gaming revenue.
Updated Aug. 25, 2021