EBCNPS is happy to support the City Council measure that will ask Richmond residents to vote on the possibility of a new casino at Point Molate.  The vote is scheduled for November, which corresponds to when the Final EIR should be released.  Although the ballot measure is only advisory, it will appear on the same ballot that will elect several City Council members.  Thus, the casino may become the most import issue residents vying for a City Council seat.  Please see the Sfgate.com article below for more information.

A view of Point Molate

Richmond residents to vote on casino plan, for what it’s worth

(Article reproduced from SFGATE.com, July 21, 2010)

Duncan Carvey (far left), Luke Pulaski and Rudy Ramirez (far right) man a table outside Tuesday's City Council meeting, campaigning against plans to build a 4,000-slot Indian casino at Point Molate. Photo by Ian A. Stewart.Duncan Carvey (far left), Luke Pulaski and Rudy Ramirez (far right) man a table outside Tuesday’s City Council meeting, campaigning against plans to build a 4,000-slot Indian casino at Point Molate. Photo by Ian A. Stewart.

By Ian A. Stewart/RichmondConfidential.org

Richmond residents will get to vote on whether the City Council should approve a plan to build a casino at Point Molate, City Council decided Tuesday night. Only trouble is, the vote won’t count for anything.

City Council voted 4-2 to place an “advisory” ballot measure on the Nov. 2 statewide election ballot, asking Richmond residents whether or not they approve of a plan to build a proposed 4,000-slot Indian casino at Point Molate. An advisory measure does not carry any legal weight – rather, it serves as a public opinion poll of sorts.

The winning advisory measure, written by Councilman Tom Butt, was approved by councilmembers Nat Bates, Jeff Ritterman, Mayor Gayle McLaughlin, and Butt. The motion beat out a similar measure proposed by Councilwoman Maria Viramontes. The language in the two measures was nearly identical, except that Viramontes proposal asked whether the city should “approve a project including a casino with shoreline and open space protections at Pt. Molate.” Butt’s proposal did not include any language related to open-space protections.

The casino is part of a larger plan for a $1.2 billion hotel resort at Point Molate being developed by Upstream Point Molate, LLC. The developers are planning to partner with the Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians to operate the casino. A 2004 Land Development Agreement between the city and Upstream has been extended six times – most recently extended until April 2011 – to negotiate the terms of the plan.

For the full story, visit RichmondConfidential.org.

Posted By: Richmond Confidential (Email) | July 21 2010 at 04:21 AM

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