March 25, 2011
A new gaming compact was signed on Wednesday. It was made with the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake and Governor Jerry Brown. This makes way to a new casino opening. Possibly in January of next year.
The new casino, Running Creek Casino, will be located near Highway 20 and east of Upper Lakeís downtown. The stateís legislature and Department of Interior still need to give final approval. In 2009, the Department of the Interior rejected the compact. Stating, the compact violated the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act and was unfair to the tribe. Money would be funneled to the state.
Money that is earned from gaming is paid to the state and is distributed to help the community and the infrastructure that may be affected by having a casino in the area. The previous compact mandated that the operation of the first slot machine would, the tribe would pay the state 15% of itís net gaming revenue. The new compact states that the tribe will start paying when they operate 350 machines.
When Running Creek Casino opens the casino will be 33,000 in a temporary building. The casino will offer guests 6 table games and 349 slot machines with future expansions to 750 machines. 145 people will be employed. Additional plans will include a hotel and restaurant. The estimated cost is $38 to $40 million.
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