Richmond voters appear opposed to $1B casino

Richmond, California (AP) November
A majority of voters in Richmond appear opposed to an American Indian tribe’s plans for a $1 billion casino and resort at Point Molate.

Figures from the Contra Costa County Elections Division Nov. 3 show 57.5 percent of voters oppose city approval of the project while 42.5 percent support it.

The ballot measure – known as Measure U – is only advisory. The project requires approval from state and federal officials, who could still choose to move forward.

The Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians has proposed a Las Vegas-style casino with an 1,100-room hotel, nightclubs, restaurants, a ferry terminal and housing for the tribe.

The project is being backed by the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation, which operates the Cache Creek Casino Resort in Yolo County.