November 06, 2014
Proposition 48 was rejected by California voters on Tuesday. The vote denied the North Fork Rancheria Band of Mono Indians from building their casino near Fresno. The casino would have been located 40 miles from their current reservation.
Lawrence Dale, the former Barstow mayor, campaigned to area residents to help the measure pass. The approval of the measure would help the proposed Barstow Casino and Resort a step closer to happening.
However, the former mayor commented on Thursday that even with the rejection of Prop 48 the proposed Barstow casino should not feel any impact.
Supporters of the Barstow casino plan to carry forward. The non passing of the measure impacts two Northern California tribes only.
For 12 years, Dale has pushed for the $160 million Barstow Casino project. An agreement was made in 2004 with both the city and the Los Coyotes tribe that would give 4.3 percent of casino revenue to the City of Barstow.
It is estimated that in the first year of the casino operation, Barstow could be paid $4 million in tax revenue. Barstow constituents have approved the casino project by 80 percent.
Over 1,000 permanent jobs would be created by the casino project. 262 would be created for the casino operations. 823 facility jobs. In addition, 1,065 construction jobs would also be created.
An environmental statement was approved last year. Currently the U.S. Department of Interior is reviewing the casino application in a two-step determination process. The department will determine if the local area and the tribe will benefit from the development of a casino.
When the process is complete, the report will be sent to Sacramento. After that, it will be sent to D.C. If approved, a new compact will need to be renegotiated with the California governor. Then the state legislature will need to give final approval.
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