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November 4, 2009

RICHMOND, CA - Contra Costa County supervisors have drafted a tentative agreement with the Guidiville band of Pomo Indians to support their plans to build an Indian casino complex on the old Point Molate Navy refueling site. The plans include a 24,000 square foot casino, two luxury hotels and dozens of retail stores.

The county supervisors are withdrawing their staunch opposition to the casino in exchange for an annual payment from the tribe of $12 million to cover associated cost the county expects to incur.

"Ultimately, the federal government gets to decide whether this project happens and we want to exercise leverage to get the most for the community if it is approved," said Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia.

County supervisors will vote on their agreement next week. Additional agreements are pending with the Richmond City Council, state and federal authorities. If all approve, the casino could open in 2014.

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