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California Tribal Gaming Rights Threatened

1 June 2006

CALIFORNIA – As reported by the Argus: "State lawmakers are urging swift passage of a U.S. Senate bill to roll back the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians' gaming rights at the tribe's Casino San Pablo.

"A letter sent Wednesday by 13 Assembly and state Senate members to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., voices gratitude and an 'urgent need' for her bill and urges her to 'take all efforts' to get it passed in 2006.

"'It is our belief that without S.113, the Lytton tribe will expand the existing card room at Casino San Pablo into a massive casino,' the lawmakers wrote. 'The intrusion of tribal casinos on non-ancestral land, in densely-built urban areas, would set a precedent for authorizing urban casinos throughout California.'

"…The Lytton Band and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in August 2004 agreed on a 2,500-slot-machine casino from which the state, county and city would share 25 percent of the revenue. Concerns of traffic, gambling addiction and other problems kindled community opposition and the tribe in March 2005 backed off and said it instead would install electronic bingo terminals that are permitted without a compact…"

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