April 06, 2011
On Tuesday, the city council of Richmond voted down a casino proposal. The Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians had planned to build a casino along the city's waterfront. The casino project was estimated to cost $1.2 billion.
Richmond is about 10 miles northeast of San Francisco. Guidiville had proposed a gaming facility that would a Vegas style casino and hotel. Also included in the plan were restaurants and ferry access.
Tribal housing was also to be included. The tribe had restored their recognition by the federal government. The tribe is need of reservation land so they can have a home for their members and an economic base. They claim to have a historical connection in the Bay area.
Supporters to the proposal state the project would help raise revenue and jobs that are needed. However, opponents believe that the casino project would bring problems to the area. In 2009 former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger wrote an opposition letter to the plan. Major concerns from the opposition are related to the congestion that could be caused by the increased traffic. Mayor Gayle McLaughlin has also stated that she was concerned about potential crimes, gaming addictions, and other impacts that could possible happen.
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