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Casino San Pablo battle ends

18 May 2007

CALIFORNIA -- As reported by the Berkeley Daily Planet: "The long-running battle of Casino San Pablo is at an end, with both sides claiming victory.

"Under compromise legislation by Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-Calif.), the Lytton Rancheria band of Pomos can continue to operate slot machine bingo games, but they can't expand their operation nor can they add Las Vegas-style slots and poker machines.

"The settlement leaves the door open for new casinos, putting an end to a proposal by Governor Arnold Schwarz-enegger to grant Casino San Pablo a monopoly in the Bay Area.

"...The terms of the legislation have already been endorsed by tribal chair Margie Mejia, who oversaw the transformation of the casino from a cardroom to a palace for wagering machines.

"...Feinstein's measure would will also drive the final stake through the heart of the deal once proposed by the tribe and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to allow the tribe to build a massive, 5,000-slot gambling palace with a Bay Area casino monopoly in exchange for giving the state 25 percent of the casino's take..."

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