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Letter: Elk Grove rolls dice on casino

Wilton Rancheria wants to build Sacramento County’s first tribal casino on the site of an ill-fated mall project on Promenade Parkway in Elk Grove. The City Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday on the deal.
Wilton Rancheria wants to build Sacramento County’s first tribal casino on the site of an ill-fated mall project on Promenade Parkway in Elk Grove. The City Council is scheduled to vote Wednesday on the deal. mcrisostomo@sacbee.com

Elk Grove makes a bad bet on casino

Re “Tribe, Elk Grove reach tentative deal to build casino at Hwy. 99 outlet mall,” (Page 1A, Sept. 28): When voters passed Proposition 1A in 2000 granting American Indian tribes the sole authority to have gambling casinos in California, it was stated that these would be on tribal reservation lands, not in cities. So far that has been the case.

However, greed being what it is, now a tribe wants to build one not on their tribal land, but on land they will purchase in the city of Elk Grove.

The city, apparently looking for more tax money, has reached an agreement with the tribe to allow it to build a major gambling casino resort at a half-built shopping mall.

This anything-for-a-buck attitude by some politicians is not surprising. They ignore what the people want and laws they don’t like, and do whatever they desire. It’s time to stop them and vote those bums out.

Bill Jurkovich, Citrus Heights

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