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Temecula stands to win big

13 August 2007

TEMECULA, California -- As reported by the North County Times: "New deals with four casino-operating Indian tribes ratified last month by state legislators give Temecula officials significantly better odds of getting the Pechanga tribe to ante up millions of dollars to offset the impacts of the casino on the city.

"Temecula now gets about $2.7 million a year from a statewide fund designed to help cities deal with the impacts casinos have on nearby communities, but the new agreements open the door to much more. Because the affected cities and counties have to sign off before any expansion can take place, Temecula is in a stronger position to negotiate, said city officials designated to lead those talks.

"Temecula City Councilmen Ron Roberts and Mike Naggar will act as the liaisons between the council and the tribe.

"...Naggar said both groups will need to strike a balance to coexist.

"...Pechanga Resort & Casino has 2,000 slot machines, the maximum allowed under state law. But the revised deal the Legislature approved will allow the tribe to add as many as 5,500 more..."

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