California State Officials Want Casino Curbed
State lawmakers are urging swift passage of a U.S. Senate bill to roll back the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians' gaming rights at the tribe's Casino San Pablo. A letter sent Wednesday by 13 Assembly and state Senate members to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., voices gratitude and an "urgent need" for her bill, S.113, to pass in 2006.
"It is our belief that without S.113, the Lytton tribe will expand the existing card room at Casino San Pablo into a massive casino," the lawmakers wrote. Assemblywoman Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, authored the letter, which was signed by others including state Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata, D-Oakland.
Casino San Pablo lies within their districts. "Should S.113 pass, over 500 people who are gainfully employed with full benefits would be unemployed, the Lytton Indian tribe would have the clock turned back on them in a most unfortunate way, and the city of San Pablo would go bankrupt," tribal spokesman Doug Elmets responded Wednesday, noting the city recently cut residents' utility users' tax thanks to revenue flowing in through the casino's municipal services agreement.