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Water and traffic top concerns about casino

12 June 2008

CALIFORNIA -- As reported by the Daily Democrat: "Water and traffic.

"Those were the concerns of the Yolo County Supervisors Tuesday in their meeting regarding the Cache Creek Casino's proposed expansion.

"The Rumsey Band of Wintun Indians that owns the casino, located in Brooks along Highway 16, proposed a massive $200 million expansion last summer, including the creation of more than 400 additional rooms and a 23,000-square-foot expansion of the casino itself.

"Tribe officials have said the expansion is necessary to accommodate much-needed room space due to the casino's surging popularity, which has forced them to turn away thousands of customers a year.

"Neighbors and other residents of the casino, however, have expressed concern over the increased traffic the casino has caused along highway 16 and the impact an even larger facility will have on the local water table.

"...The Wintun tribe released a draft environmental report in April regarding the expansion, requiring the county to file its written response by Monday.

"...Tribal State Compacts require the county and the tribe to then enter into mediation-style negotiations to hopefully settle outstanding disputes..."

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