What People Are Saying About San Pablo Casino and Other Indian Casinos in California

Community & Resident Comments
•    “In particular, I’m concerned about the tribes’ trying to make new reservations out on parcels that were never part of their ancestral lands. I think that’s a risky strategy, one that could trigger backlash in courts and in Congress, once the scope of the off-reservation movement becomes clear in people’s minds.” Hanay Geiogamah, Director of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center, speaking on Native American communities trying to gain approval of local communities. 
August 2003, Los Angeles Times
•    “The chaotic system of tribal gaming has reached catastrophic proportions statewide, with off-reservation effects such as groundwater depletion, increase in traffic accidents on substandard routes and local land use planning running amok.” Trini Campbell, a Guinda, Calif. resident, commenting on the result of allowing an increase in the number of slot machines at tribal casinos. 
February 2004, Los Angeles Times
•    “There is a growing body of public health research that shows casino gambling leads to predictable results in urban centers. Science shows the number of problem gamblers, substance abuse, domestic violence, crime, smoking and secondhand smoke, and heart attacks in casinos all increase along with other bad health effects.” Dr. Jeff Ritterman, Chief of Cardiology at Kaiser, commenting at the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs and City of Richmond Point Molate Resort and Casino Draft EIS Scoping Session. 
March 2006
•    “My greatest concern is the corruption that it invites, the corruption that happens socially, with local citizens who just can’t handle it.” Lorene Libby, Santa Rosa resident citing the potential downside of gambling. 
November 2002, Press Democrat
•    “The impact on the social fiber of our community would be devastating. Families would split, credit card debt would rise, crime would increase and there would be more drug addiction.” Pastor Charles Mattix III of Barstow speaking to a local group in Barstow about the impact a proposed casino would have on local neighborhoods. 
December 2003, Pentecostal Evangel
•    “It’s an environmental accident waiting to happen.” Pam Miller, Rohnert Park resident, speaking about the proposed casino in her hometown. 
November 2003, Press Democrat

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