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Oakland Council Opposes Slots

11 January 2005

OAKLAND, California – As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle: "While other cities are jumping at the prospect of Indian casino dollars, at least four members of the Oakland City Council are opposing plans for slot machines in the city, saying it would take more resources than it's worth.

"Councilwomen Nancy Nadel, Jane Brunner and Jean Quan say they plan to introduce a resolution today opposing plans by the Lower Lake Rancheria-Koi Nation to build the Crystal Bay Casino on a 35-acre site at Swan Way and Pardee Drive off Interstate 880, near Oakland International Airport.

"Their proposed resolution states, in part, 'Numerous studies have demonstrated that legalized gambling and casinos have negative impacts on surrounding communities.'

"The Alameda County Board of Supervisors passed a similar resolution last month opposing the casino, and Alameda Mayor Beverly Johnson and San Leandro Mayor Shelia Young have spoken out against the plan.

"…Leaders of Koi Nation, a landless, 30-member band of Pomo Indians based in Santa Rosa, said the Oakland casino could bring 4,400 jobs and $11 million a year to the city -- and they held a news conference Monday to trumpet the benefits, including a community fund.

"But Nadel said Monday that a casino could increase crime and traffic, worsen gambling addictions and hurt the environment.

"…Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown said Monday that he was not prepared to render an opinion on the issue…"

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