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Casino San Pablo Debate Restarts

26 May 2005

CALIFORNIA – As reported by the Argus: "After two months of relative silence, the war over Casino San Pablo revved up again Wednesday as foes claimed the Bay Area should worry just as much about electronic-bingo gaming as it did about true slot machines.

"Bingo machines the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians could install in the Casino San Pablo card room are almost indistinguishable from slot machines, with spinning reels, flashing lights and multiple play lines, according to a study commissioned by local card room owners.

"…The study is meant to build support for a federal bill that would revoke the Lytton Band's right to conduct any gaming on its nine-acre tract at San Pablo Avenue and San Pablo Dam Road, at least until it undergoes years of tough administrative review.

"But attorney Howard Dickstein, who represents the Lytton Band and many other California gaming tribes, said Rose's conclusions simply aren't true.

"…The Lytton Band and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger last summer signed a compact granting the tribe 2,500 slots in exchange for the state, Contra Costa County and San Pablo sharing 25 percent of the casino's estimated $600 million per year in gaming revenue…"

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