Urban Casinos Impact on California
Margie Mejia, leader of the 220 – member tribe, said the Lytton Pomos will never build a casino on the land. “Our goal is to be good neighbors,” Mejia said. “We never wanted a gambling facility near our homes.” – July 2001, The Press Democrat
Urban Indian casinos offer no net benefits to California’s local communities or economies. These massive casino developments and their overwhelming negative impacts simply do not belong in urban areas of our state.
A new report shows a strong increase in crime in nearby neighborhoods and requests for police and ambulances after slot machines were installed at Casino San Pablo. Read the report.
See the press release on the report.
Facts about Urban Casinos
• Major Las Vegas style casinos built in urban areas will burden millions of Californians with increased crime, unemployment, bankruptcy, illness, social disruption, problem gambling, massive traffic impacts, and other far-reaching environmental impacts that will arise in local neighborhoods.
• In the case of the proposed San Pablo Casino, the State would realize very little of the announced 25 percent share of in gaming revenues. The 25 percent is a cap that must be split between the State, the City of San Pablo, Contra Costa County, and CalTrans to mitigate the impacts of the casino on additional services (e.g. traffic, police, fire, hospitals, and transit services).
• The total economic loss to the Bay Area of a full-scale San Pablo Casino would be at least $193,119,493 annually in assorted impact costs, more than erasing any benefits from new casino jobs and related economic activity.
• Placing a casino in an urban environment will create large numbers of new problem and compulsive gamblers. According to the National Gaming Impact Study Commission (NGISC), the number of problem and compulsive gamblers doubles when a casino is placed in their community.
• Electronic gambling machines like those found in Indian casinos are twice as addictive than more conventional table and racetrack gambling, with the bulk of Casino revenues coming from slot machines.
• Research from the NGISC has shown that compulsive gamblers are involved in higher rates of domestic abuse, divorce and suicide.
• Studies show each player will lose an average of $100.20 per visit to an Indian casino. Money pulled out of the community is less money local businesses will receive to employ workers.
• Negative consequences for problem gamblers include a decline on their quality of life, their family, place of employment, and community.
After reviewing all of these points there has been an overwhelming conclusion reached that the negative aspects far outweigh any benefit that may be received by the community. This has been viewed by some to be an overstatement but the figures don’t lie…