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Friday, March 30, 2012, 4:46 pm

Governor signs pact for Rohnert Park casino

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    ROHNERT PARK — Governor Jerry Brown today signed a tribal-state gaming compact between the State of California and the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, potentially clearing the way for a large-scale, Las Vegas-style casino and hotel project in Rohnert Park.

    The plan calls for a casino on 254 acres on the outskirts of Rohnert Par. The project still needs approval from the state Legislature. 

    The compact includes provisions to protect employees and patrons as well as measures to protect the environment during the construction and operation of gaming facilities. It also funds programs in local communities to mitigate the effect of gaming activities and address gambling addiction, according to the Governor’s Office.

    The pact allows the operation of 3,000 slot machines. Up to 15 percent of the casino’s net wins will go to local communities and gambling mitigation and regulation. The Tribe estimates that the project will create approximately 700 construction jobs and 2,500 jobs at the new facility. The compact requires regular audits of gaming operations and other enforcement and public safety measures.

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