The following editorial article was printed in the Contra Costa Times on November 30, 2009.   This is the reality of the political situation with regard to the Point Molate Vegas-style Casino Project. (click the article twice for a larger view)

Additional info the article missed includes lobbying monies spent in Washington DC.  EBCNPS wonders how this might affect the approval process:

Lobbying Disclosure from Winehaven-LLC – $20,000