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Barstow unlikely to get casino this year

31 August 2007

BARSTOW, California -- As reported by the Desert Dispatch: "Barstow appears unlikely to get state approval this year to build a casino, according to the city's lobbyist.

"Nick Medeiros, a lobbyist hired by the city of Barstow, said Thursday it is doubtful the state senate will approve the compacts for the Los Coyotes/Big Lagoon dual casino project before the legislative session closes on Sept. 11.

"'We're running out of time. It's unlikely that the compacts could be moved out of committee and be approved by both houses of the legislature before the end of session. It's probably not going to happen,' he said.

"...However, Barstow Mayor Lawrence Dale said that Medeiros' statement was an 'independent observation" and did not reflect the city's opinion. Dale said that there is still time this year for the compacts to pass.'

"...Sabrina Lockhart, spokeswoman for the governor's office, agreed it's too soon to dismiss the compacts as dead..."

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