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Lawsuit Filed Against California Casino Initiative

20 December 2005

BARSTOW, California – As reported by the Barstow Daily Press: "A new local citizen group, assisted by the attorney representing one of the tribes proposing a casino in Barstow, is filing suit to block a casino-related initiative.

"Michael Yaki, representing Los Coyotes and the new group called Barstow Citizens for Real Economic Development, made the announcement Monday night at the Barstow City Council meeting.

"…The initiative gave guidance to the city, giving preference to tribes within San Bernardino County for consideration of compacts, required a certain percentage of money to be set aside for law enforcement and emergency responders, and created a commission to oversee gaming issues.

"It also created a casino zoning district in Barstow, identifying where casinos would be allowed to be built. However, the zone map in Gurule's ballot initiative does not include the land developer BarWest has purchased for a proposed dual-casino resort for the

"…The Los Coyotes and Big Lagoon Rancheria tribes signed a compact with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in September that would allow for them to build and operate a joint casino-resort project in Barstow…"

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