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Richmond rejects tribe’s $1B casino plan

Richmond, California (AP) April 2011

Richmond city officials have rejected an American Indian tribe’s plans for a $1 billion casino and resort at Point Molate.

The City Council voted 5-2 to stop further consideration of the plan. The Contra Costa Times reports that the decision all but kills the project.

Councilmembers raised concerns about traffic congestion and the fact that federal officials have yet to approve the casino.

The vote was not a surprise after a majority of city voters in November came out against city approval and elected councilmembers who shared their view.

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

Supporters say the casino would bring much-needed jobs to the city.




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