Point Molate sunset by Robsv-Flickr member

Point Molate sunset by Robsv-Flickr member

At approximately 11:30 pm, the Richmond City Council nearly unanimously identified the need for an extended comment period for the analysis of the EIR/S for the proposed Pt. Molate Casino.  The comment period is extended to 5pm on October 23, 2009.

EBCNPS supports the commitment of the City Council to allow for the public to further analyze and inspect this EIR/S which runs approximately 3,000 pages in length.  Notable portions of the background vegetation surveys are inaccurate, the species list is incomplete, and impacts to one of the Bay’s last eelgrass beds are not clearly identified or presented in the document.

Additionally, the City has been wooed with many promises.  In fact, the “agreed upon” payout to the City is valid only if the Casino gets its full “class 3 status” and is profitable.  If this EIR/S is approved, the City is required to immediately transfer the property to the developer without any clear understanding of whether its citizens will really benefit from these purported promises.

We hope the public will take a moment to review this document and help disclose some of the assumptions that fail to present a clear picture to the public about the impacts of this project.

Comments are to be emailed/sent to City Manager Bill Lindsay at bill_lindsay@ci.richmond.ca.us