California governor criticized tribal casino report

Arnold Schwarzenegger recently joined a group of residents and the county in criticizing an environmental report produced by the Pauma Band of Mission Indians on a planned USD 300 million casino and hotel.

An attorney for the governor said in a letter dated September 21 that the tribe’s report is incomplete and not supported by sufficient analysis or evidence. The letter said that the tribe has not adequately addressed the project’s effects on water usage, community aesthetics or police and fire services. The letter is similar to one written last month by county officials criticizing the same report.

Pauma officials say that the expansion, which would more than triple the size of its current casino, is needed to secure the tribe’s economic future. They also point out that the casino would generate more jobs in the community.

Its Chairman Chris Devers said in a written statement that the tribe is reviewing the state’s comments and will respond in writing to the concerns.