Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Huge Richmond Casino Moves Forward

By Robert Gammon
Wed, Nov 11, 2009 at 10:02 AM

The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors has given the green light to a massive new Indian-run casino at Point Molate in Richmond, according to the CoCo Times. However, the casino, which is being pushed by a Berkeley developer in partnership with the Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians, must still win approval from the US secretary of interior and the Richmond City Council. Several prominent politicians, including Governor Schwarzenegger and Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer also oppose the casino proposal.

The casino would include thousands of slot machines, two hotels, a conference center, and 300,000 square feet of retail. Some environmental groups oppose the plans because they would prefer to see Point Molate turned into waterfront parkland. Unions, by contrast, support the proposal because building the massive development will create jobs. A majority of the Richmond City Council also apparently backs the plan because the cash-strapped city stands to receive $20 million a year from the deal.

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