Business Journal: Casino Fight Brewing
A well-known casino in the Sacramento area is pitting itself against California’s biggest casinos.
Friday, January 18, 2008
The tribe that owns Thunder Valley Casino near Rocklin is the largest campaign contributor in a high-priced effort to overturn slot machine compacts the governor negotiated with four big Southern California casinos. The United Auburn Indian Community has donated $5 million in the fight against Propositions 94, 95, 96 and 97, which if approved would allow the four Southern California tribes to add 17,000 slot machines – more than double the 8,000 they operate today. The United Auburn tribe’s casino has 2,700 slot machines as part of a 25-year compact reached with the state in 2004. Tribal leaders are worried that the outcome of the propositions could help its soon-to-be rival – the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok and that tribe’s Foothill Oaks Casino off Highway 50 near Placerville, scheduled to open this fall.