Richmond residents applauded a plan that will allow voters to say whether they approve a proposed plan to build an Indian casino at Point Molate this November, although the vote won’t be legally binding.
A brochure titled “The battle for the bay” turned up in the mailboxes of Richmond residents. Among other information, it states that the Point Molate casino project would create 12,000 jobs. Opponents of the building of a casino contest this number.
Most Latino attendees during the last Richmond Council meeting were there to show support to the Point Molate project. They hope the building of the casino resort will bring them jobs.
City Council voted 4-2 Tuesday to grant a developer yet another extension to file an updated proposal for the controversial hotel and casino plan. The plan is now due July 20, but meanwhile, the issue is causing a schism in a city prioritizing between jobs, morality and the environment.
“The proposed casino project at Point Molate will have a profound impact on the landscape. The Point is not necessarily beautiful or majestic; relics of its past lay rusting and falling apart. Gates and fences restrict access.”
The developers of a possible casino project on waterfront property in the city succeeded in securing another extension to get their plans in order.
Commercial real estate broker John Troughton claims the City of Richmond agreed to pay him $1.5 million if the Guidiville Band of Pomo Indians came to Point Molate. But no deal was signed, and no one at City Hall is talking.
The City Council voted Monday to extend a deadline to reach an agreement with the developer behind the Point Molate casino project. Without an extension, the city would have scrapped an agreement to earmark the land for a casino.