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Analyst: Gaming to Put North County, California on Tourism Map

24 August 2001

SAN DIEGO, California – August 24, 2001 –As reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune: "North County is on its way to becoming a tourist destination as Indian casinos expand into resort hotels, convention halls and themed attractions, an industry analyst told a San Diego civic group yesterday.

"`I think it's just a matter of time before you see that happen,' said Yehudi Gaffen, principal of a construction management firm that has two North County gaming tribes among its clients.

"His prediction could begin to materialize in little more than a year, with large resort-casinos under construction on the Rincon and San Pasqual reservations near Valley Center. The projects, earmarked at $125 million and $200 million, respectively, will replace temporary casinos the tribes opened this year with out-of-state development partners.

"Two other North County tribes, Pala and Pauma, also opened casinos, although neither has announced expansion plans.

"…About 60 people attended yesterday's forum on Indian gaming, sponsored by Citizens Coordinate for Century 3. The group focuses on planning and land-use issues.

"…Most of the speakers agreed the casinos provide a great economic boost to tribes and the region. But they also raise concerns about traffic congestion, water supplies and commercial development in rural areas…"

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