October 20, 2010
Agreement reached for Pt. Molate
RICHMOND, Calif. (KGO) -- The Guidiville Tribe reached an
agreement today with local environmental groups in its proposed
development of a $ 1 billion Las Vegas style resort and casino
at Pt. Molate alaong the Richmond shoreline.
The agreement resolves a lawsuit filed by Citizens for East
Shore Parks (CESP) and other green groups. It includes $35
million for shoreland acquisition, habitat restoration and
funding to protect native wildlife populations.
"We believe this is the first step in the creation of the
greatest system of regional parks in the history of this country," said.
The massive development includes building 1,100 hotel rooms,
a 4,000 slot machine casino and retail malls on a former Navy
supply depot. The project has run into opposition from citizen
groups who say it would attract society's ills, such as gambling,
addiction and crime.
The project received support from organized labor groups like
the Building Trades Council, which say the casino resort may
create 17,000 jobs.
"We have officially signed the project labor agreement in
place thats going to benefit local residents in richmond and
contra costa county," Building Trades Council CEO Greg Feere
A vocal opponent is Richmond Mayor Gayle McLaughlin who says
there are no guarantees the jobs are there since casinos all
over the country are hurting due to the economic downturn.
The Mayor and opposition groups want "a more healthy" choice
for developing the shoreline.
"A casino will only bring more poverty. More crime, more addiction,
basically more misery for our hardworking families," she said.
The project still needs approval from the Richmond City Council
as well as the federal government.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., voiced her opposition to
the project and said it's wrong for the East Bay shoreline.
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