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California Tribe Releases Casino Impact Statement

19 May 2005

CALIFORNIA – As reported by the Amador Ledger-Dispatch: "The Buena Vista Band of Me-Wuk Indians released a governor-negotiated impact statement for its Ione casino project with hundreds of pages and details of the 55,000-square foot gaming hall that would employ 1,975 people.

"The Tribal Environmental Impact Report called it the 'Flying Cloud Gaming and Entertainment Facility Project,' delineating the plan for 2,000 slot machines, 80 gaming tables, restaurant dining areas, an entertainment lounge, a retail shop and a multipurpose ballroom on 15 acres of the 67-acre tract owned by the tribe.

"Based on studies of similar facilities in Northern California, 'this project is expected to generate up to 15,030 vehicle trips on a weekday basis with up to 20,076 daily trips generated on a Saturday,' the report said.

"…'Our tribe is fully committed to complying with the rules and regulations governing tribal gaming operations,' tribal Chairwoman Rhonda L. Morningstar Pope said in the release, calling the report "an important step in our effort to be good neighbors to the people of Amador County."

"…Also proposed is a nine-level parking garage with 3,600 parking spaces. The facility would adjoin the gaming and entertainment areas. The project also includes warehouse and loading docks, security, maintenance, housekeeping and slot repair…"

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