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Garden Grove Casino Idea Revisted

26 August 2005

CALIFORNIA – As reported by the L.A. Times: "Las Vegas-style gambling in the heart of Orange County, a longshot possibility previously dismissed as too controversial, is up for reconsideration in Garden Grove as a new source of city revenue.

"When it meets Tuesday night, a divided City Council will once again discuss allowing a tribal-owned casino down the street from Disneyland.

"Among the five council members, two say they favor exploring the idea, and two oppose it. The swing vote rests with the mayor, whose committee to study revenue options recommended an Indian casino. He said he was willing to at least discuss it.

"…The casino proposal gained traction last year, when four council members met with Las Vegas casino mogul Steve Wynn and city officials spoke with leaders of the Mesa Grande band of Mission Indians about building a casino on Harbor Boulevard. The plan succumbed to community concerns that it would harm the city's image.

"But with the city's financial slump worsening, casino proponents say revenue from a 1,000-room resort and Indian casino on Harbor Boulevard could help solve a looming $11-million deficit. The casino concept was further embraced by a committee of business and civic leaders who recently concluded that it offered the city a significant long-term revenue stream and job opportunities at little or no cost. City officials estimate a resort casino could bring the city up to $20 million a year…"

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