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Spa Resort Celebrates First Anniversary

17 November 2004

PALM SPRINGS, California – As reported by the Palm Springs Desert Sun: "A year ago, we didn't know what to expect from the new $95 million Spa Resort Casino.

"Business people predicted profit for Palm Springs and the valley. Downtown merchants hoped for a jolt of new customers and a renewed buzz of activity. Neighbors braced for more crime or traffic or both.

"A year ago, speculation abounded over what the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians' new gaming facility on reservation land downtown would do to the city of Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley as a whole.

"… 'I think generally it's been a good thing,' said Jerry Ogburn, the city's director of downtown development.

" The tribe is celebrating the casino's one-year anniversary today, but its impact has been so invisible, so benign, that many have forgotten it was only a year ago that the 130,000-square-foot building opened on East Amado Road in downtown Palm Springs.

"…Ogburn said the casino has had virtually none of the negative impacts people feared.

"The activity is welcomed because it means more people in the valley and downtown, he said. But, putting a dollar value on the activity is difficult…"

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