CA's first urban casino, located partially within Rohnert Park city limits. is the Graton Rancheria casino. Brown signed their compact on March 31, 2012. The two projects discussed in this article, as well as Graton Rancheria and Thunder Valley, which opened in 2003, are all Station Casinos projects. Station Casinos follows a carefully-crafted blueprint for its CA tribal casino projects: (1) Find a tribe, sometimes of questionable pedigree; (2) Get the tribe recognized if necessary; (3) Buy them land on a major highway or freeway, and near a city for their "reservation". In all three instances, the land purchased was not trust land at any time in its history. Governor Brown is aggressively expanding tribal casinos tot he detriment of its voters, who, when approving tribal casinos in 2000, were promised that there would be no casinos built in our cities and towns. Both Brown and the Obama administration are full-speed ahead on allowing tribes to build new casinos by leap-frogging over other tribes with existing casinos built on their existing tribal lands. It's a bad precedent, and will ultimately have bad consequences.
Monday, December 31, 2012 - 13:43