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Pomo tribe agreement signed

23 November 2006

CALIFORNIA – As reported by the Contra Costa Times: "The Richmond City Council approved a 20-year, $335 million services agreement this week with a Pomo Indian tribe that would take effect if a casino is approved in North Richmond.

"The agreement with the Scotts Valley Band of the Pomo Indians makes Richmond responsible for providing numerous infrastructure and public safety services, even though the proposed casino is in an unincorporated area beyond Richmond's boundaries.

"Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia said the 45-page agreement is full of holes and heavily weighted in the tribe's favor by allowing it to renegotiate payments.

"…The council approved the agreement Tuesday by a 6-3 vote after hearing opposing public comments. Mayor-elect Gayle McLaughlin, Tom Butt and Tony Thurmond voted no…"

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