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
•    “I’m really opposed to driving in my community and seeing a big casino. I have no objection to gambling, but I don’t think this proposal is good for the land, and the profits are not going to be reinvested in Rohnert Park.” Bob Ginn, retired schoolteacher, voicing his opinion after a city council meeting regarding gambling halls coming to the area. 
August 2003, San Francisco Chronicle

Government Policymakers
•    “We’re trying to make sure that local governments have a role to play and their voices are heard.” Richard Pombo, Congressman of the eleventh District of California, comments on his bill that would tighten regulation for Indian tribes to build casinos away from their reservations. 
November 2005, Contra Costa Times
•    “I recognize the value of providing gaming in historically recognized lands that Indians have owned, in many cases, for a couple of centuries, but I do not believe expansion of gaming in urban areas is good for California.” Former Governor Gray Davis expressing his interpretation of Proposition 1A and his belief that moving Indian casinos into urban areas is not negotiable. 
January 2003, Contra Costa Times

•    “What we can realistically expect from a casino is residents leaving their hard earned money at the slots in an easy fix effort to break the cycle of poverty.” Gayle McLaughlin, Richmond City Councilmember, commenting at the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs and City of Richmond Point Molate Resort and Casino Draft EIS Scoping Session. 
March 2006
•    “I respect the sovereignty of the tribe, but it makes it disappointing when they choose a location that violates the fundamental sovereignty of this country when it comes to land-use authority.” Mike Reilly, Sonoma County supervisor, commenting moments after the Sonoma County Supervisors decided to formally oppose a Rohnert Park casino. 
October 2003, Press Democrat
•    “The purpose of Proposition 1A was to create a limited expansion to the state’s general prohibition upon casino-style gaming that would allow Indian tribes to conduct gaming on ‘remote’ Indian lands. The voters of the state were lead to believe that the prospect of urban gaming cropping up throughout the state was not a legitimate concern.” Marc A. Le Forestier, California Deputy Attorney General, in a brief filed against an Indian tribe’s plan to turn San Pablo Casino card room into a Nevada-style casino. 
December 2002, The Oakland Tribune
•    “Any other developer in the county would have to pay substantial fees to mitigate traffic impacts. At the reservation they’ll have a four-story parking structure sitting right on a creek; no place in the state of California can you do that legally.” Gail Marshall, Santa Barbara County Supervisor, contending tribes are using their status as a sovereign government to skirt environmental laws. 
May 2001, Los Angeles Times

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