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California Casino Plan Touted

25 May 2005

CALIFORNIA – As reported by the L.A. Times:"A 1,000-room resort anchored by an Indian casino should be developed by Garden Grove to pull the city out of a worsening financial slump, civic leaders will tell the City Council next week.

"A casino 2 1/2 miles south of Disneyland is a political and legal longshot, "but every now and then things like this work out," said banker Bob Fish, chairman of the city's Chamber of Commerce and head of an advisory group created by City Hall to explore ways to solve the city's looming $12-million budget shortfall.

"… The casino resort was one of 40 revenue-producing ideas considered by the 11-member committee, and the top choice of eight members because it offered a significant long-term revenue stream and job opportunities at little or no cost to the city.

"The casino idea surfaced last year with word that four council members had met with Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn and that city officials had spoken with leaders of the Mesa Grande band of Mission Indians about building a casino on Harbor Boulevard.

"…This year, new Councilman Harry Krebs said he wanted to revive the idea. Councilman Mark Leyes said he remained opposed to a casino, but other council members have yet to weigh in on the resurrected discussion…"

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