Lawsuit Tries To Block Shingle Springs Casino

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, September 18, 2006

The neighborhood group Voices for Rural Living has filed a lawsuit that would block construction of a freeway interchange off Highway 50. Why try to stop an offramp from being built?

"That offramp, 98% of the traffic would be solely for serving a new casino that would be built on the Shingle Springs Rancheria." 

Brad Pearson with Voices for Rural Living says the proposed casino would attract too much traffic, cause pollution and just generally ruin the quality of life in Shingle Springs. The suit is against Caltrans for approving the offramp. But Mark Dinger with Caltrans says the tribe’s request for an offramp met all their criteria. 

"You know, if somebody complies with our permit, they’re granted a permit. It’s fairly black and white but the issue I think that they have is a little bit deeper than that."

The suit says Caltrans didn’t do a good job of finding out how a new offramp would affect air quality in the area. Representatives of the Miwok tribe declined our request for comment.