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  Gaming Dominates the News
August 24, 2004
  The Richmond political machine is rapidly gearing up for an August 31 showdown over Point Molate. Fed by big money interests including Chevron, Nevada gambling businesses, California cardrooms and a host of lobbyists, labor unions, consultants and affiliates of various Indian tribes, innocent-sounding front organizations are beginning a full-court press. Leaflets have been distributed in various areas of Richmond. I am receiving emails and phone calls about evenly divided in support of and against the proposed Point Molate project by Upstream Investment.

I have also received several critiques of the proposed Point Molate Land Disposition and Development Agreement that advocate more detailed explanations or revisions to protect the public interest.

There will be a full presentation by Point Molate proposed developer Jim Levine and Upstream Investment at the Point Richmond Neighborhood Council meeting tomorrow (August 25) evening at 7:30 at the Point Richmond Community Center. Those who have been advocating a vigorous public debate before the City Council takes up the proposal next week may want to attend to ask questions and air their opinions.

Newspaper accounts from today’s press can be found at the following Internet sites:

Hints of jitters over casino plan -- Ten years ago, the down-on-their-luck residents of San Pablo overwhelmingly welcomed legalized gambling to their working-class town in hopes that a card room could shore up sagging city coffers. While the gamble has paid off by most accounts, residents of the city -- and nearby Richmond -- are divided over whether to up the ante and embrace the state's first urban casino in a city of just 2.6 square miles near traffic- choked Interstate 80. Janine DeFao, Kelly St. John in the San Francisco Chronicle -- 8/24/04

Schwarzenegger signs revised deal with Indian tribe -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and a Bay Area tribe signed a revised deal Monday that officially cut plans for an Indian casino in San Pablo in half, days after legislative Democrats balked at their initial, super-size dreams. John M. Hubbell in the San Francisco Chronicle Kate Folmar in the San Jose Mercury Josh Richman in the Oakland Tribune -- 8/24/04

Governor signs five casino compacts -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday signed five Indian gaming compacts, including one for a San Pablo casino that - while half of its originally proposed size - still would be the state's largest and represent the sort of urban gaming the governor says he opposes. Margaret Talev in the Sacramento Bee -- 8/24/04

Las Vegas closes in on San Pablo - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday signed an agreement with the Lytton Band of Pomo Indians that would usher a Las Vegas-sized casino into San Pablo. Two other tribes bent on local casinos