Newsom signs off on 25-year deal for Valley tribe to run local casino
Senate Bill 900 ratifies gaming compacts, the basic agreement authorizing tribal gaming, between the state and two groups: the Santa Rosa Rancheria Tachi Yokut Tribe and the Middletown Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians. SB 900 does this partly by classifying the two compacts as non-projects for the purposes of CEQA, which ordinarily requires that developments undergo detailed environmental reviews that can invite intense public scrutiny.
A news release from Hurtado’s office made no mention of the CEQA exemption and instead focused on the two compacts’ economic and community benefits. “For decades the Tachi Yokut Tribe has been a valuable partner in the Kings County Community,” Hurtado said in the release.
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