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Activists challenge federal officials over proposed Elk Grove casino

Stand Up for California!, a Penryn-based casino watchdog group, and three Elk Grove residents are challenging the federal government’s decision to place land into trust for the proposed, $400 million Wilton Rancheria casino-resort in Elk Grove.

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10/17/2017

article La Center Road sewer line project winding down
(California) -- Frequent drivers of NW La Center Road no longer need to fret over constant traffic stoppage and delays — the city’s new pump station and...

10/14/2017

article Amended casino lawsuit focuses on land-into-trust issue
(California) -- Stand Up for California! and three Elk Grove residents – collectively called Stand Up – on Oct. 1 filed a motion for a summary judgment in...

10/11/2017

article CHAIRMAN HITCHCOCK: Sets the Record Straight—Again—on Resort & Casino Project
(California) -- As Wilton Rancheria’s resort and casino project continues to make progress, elkgrovenews.net’s apparent determination to publish specious...

10/8/2017

article MORON ALERT: Is Elk Grove Prime To Become a Prostitution, Human Trafficking Hub?
(California) -- Late last year, Elk Grove made national news from a story that showed both the good and bad of humanity. The bad side on that story may well be the first...

10/7/2017

article OP/ED: Is Elk Grove Prime To Become a Prostitution, Human Trafficking Hub?
(California) -- Late last year, Elk Grove made national news from a story that showed both the good and bad of humanity. The bad side on that story may well be the first...

10/6/2017

article Elk Grove Casino Signed Off by California Governor, Opponents Demand Summary Judgement
(California) -- California Governor Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed a bill ratifying a compact between the state and the Wilton Racheria Tribe of Milwok People that...
article Governor signs bill for $400M Elk Grove casino
(California) -- Gov. Jerry Brown on Oct. 3 signed Assembly Bill (AB) 1606, which ratifies the gaming compact between the state and the Wilton Rancheria on the tribe...

10/5/2017

article California Governor signs Wilton Rancheria gaming compact
(California) -- In California, the plan from the Wilton Rancheria to build and operate a $500 million casino resort in Sacramento County has reportedly been officially...

10/4/2017

article Sacramento-area tribe to build large casino resort in Elk Grove
(California) -- Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Tuesday that green-lights plans by the Wilton Rancheria Miwok tribe to build a large casino near Sacramento.
article Wilton Rancheria casino project wins approval from Gov. Jerry Brown
(California) -- Wilton Rancheria’s plan to build a tribal casino in Elk Grove took another step forward Tuesday when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill ratifying a...
article Wilton Rancheria hails action on compact for long-awaited gaming development
(California) -- The Wilton Rancheria has cleared yet another hurdle in its long-awaited quest for a casino in California. A bill that ratifies the tribe's Class III...

10/3/2017

article Sacramento-area tribe to build large casino resort in Elk Grove
(California) -- The Wilton Rancheria have received the OK to build a casino-resort in Elk Grove. Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Tuesday that green-lights plans by the...

9/10/2017

article CHAIRMAN HITCHCOCK: The Wilton Rancheria Resort & Casino Project Will Create More, Not Fewer Fine-Dining Options in Elk Grove
(California) -- ElkGroveNew.net has devoted a lot of space giving voice to opponents of the Wilton Rancheria resort and casino project in Elk Grove—secretly funded...

9/9/2017

article First To Line Up at The Buffet - Will Casino Have Walmart-type Effect on Elk Grove's Chain Restaurants?
(California) -- During the scant public hearings held last year on the proposed Wilton Rancheria's casino resort, then Elk Grove City Council Member and current...

9/8/2017

article California legislators approve Wilton Rancheria gaming compact
(California) -- In California, the plan from the Wilton Rancheria to construct a $500 million casino resort in Sacramento County has taken another massive step forward...

9/7/2017

article Assembly approves state compact for Elk Grove casino-resort
(California) -- The California State Assembly on Aug. 31 unanimously approved Assembly Bill (AB) 1606, which ratifies the gaming compact between the state and the Wilton...

9/6/2017

press release California Legislature Ratifies Compact With Boyd Gaming Tribal Partner Wilton Rancheria
(Las Vegas) -- Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE: BYD) today announced that the California State Assembly and California State Senate have each unanimously ratified a tribal...

9/5/2017

article Activists Pledge To Continue Legal Fight Over California Casino [sub req]
(California) -- A gaming watchdog group plans to continue with its lawsuit against the Wilton Rancheria’s planned $500m casino in northern California even after...
article With State Legislature Approval of Elk Grove Casino Compact, The Only Missing Link is The Truck Stop & Gas Station
(California) -- One of the great advantages of hitting the open road is getting a new perspective on things in your community. A recent road trip we took was no...

9/4/2017

article California approves new Wilton Rancheria compact
(California) -- The Wilton Rancheria’s plans to build a casino in Sacramento County, which would be the first tribal venue in the area, keep progressing as the...
article Wilton tribe casino project given the green light by California State Assembly
(California) -- It was recently reported that the Wilton tribe of Sacramento, CA, had signed a gambling compact with Elk Grove, a city just outside the capital. This...

9/3/2017

article Elk Grove tribal casino gets OK from state Legislature
(California) -- The state Assembly gave final legislative approval Thursday to a compact between the state of California and Wilton Rancheria, which wants to build the...

9/2/2017

article California approves new $500m tribal casino development
(California) -- Officials from the California state assembly have ratified a tribal gaming compact for the Wilton Rancheria tribe, paving the way for the tribe to...

9/1/2017

article California Agrees Tribal Compact for $500 million Elk Grove Casino
(California) -- The Wilton Rancheria Tribe of Miwok people finally has a compact with the State of California that will pave the way for the construction of a casino in...
article California ratifies Wilton Rancheria tribe's gaming compact
(California) -- The California State Assembly has ratified the Wilton Rancheria tribe's gaming compact with the state, reports the Sacramento Business Journal. The...
article New casino for Central Valley moves closer
(California) -- The state Assembly has ratified a tribal-state gaming compact with the Wilton Rancheria that is expected to lead to development of a new Indian gambling...

8/31/2017

article California Legislature approves compact for $500 million Elk Grove casino
(California) -- The California State Assembly ratified the Wilton Rancheria tribe's gaming compact with the state, completing a key step in the tribe’s effort...

8/30/2017

article Calif. Assembly Governmental Committee Hears Opposition on Fast-Tracked Elk Grove Casino Indian Gaming Compact
(California) -- As part of legislation sponsored by California Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D - Elk Grove), an informational hearing was held in the Assembly's...

8/29/2017

article Casino supporters make case to Senate committee
(California) -- Three Elk Grove City Council members and the Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce’s chairman were among those who spoke in favor of the Wilton Rancheria...
article Wilton Rancheria inches closer to state approval of Class III gaming compact
(California) -- The Wilton Rancheria is closer to seeing approval of its Class III gaming compact in California. The State Senate approved Assembly Bill 1606, which...

8/25/2017

article As Gaming Compact For Elk Grove Casino Sails Through State Senate, SUFC Seeks to Slow Process Heading Into Assembly
(California) -- Assembly Bill 1606, sponsored by California Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D - Elk Grove) sailed to an easy confirmation yesterday in the California State...

8/22/2017

article $500 Million Wilton Rancheria Casino And Resort Project Moving Ahead
(California) -- It looks like the proposed $500-million Wilton Rancheria casino and resort project in Elk Grove, CA is moving forward. Last month, California Gov. Jerry...
article Calif. State Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Fast-Tracked Elk Grove Casino Indian Gaming Compact
(California) -- In a California State Senate hearing held this morning, a large group of supporters converged to speaking in support of the Wilton Rancheria's...

8/20/2017

article Wilton Rancheria continues to see litigation over casino project in California
(California) -- The Wilton Rancheria continues to make progress on a long-awaited casino in northern California but opponents are still trying to tie the project up in...

8/16/2017

article Activists Want California Tribe’s Land Into Trust Decision Reversed [sub req]
(California) -- A gambling watchdog group and three northern California residents have filed an amended complaint, challenging the federal government’s decision to...

8/15/2017

article Superior Court judge rules city properly handled casino land case
(California) -- Four Elk Grove residents claimed that city officials mishandled the process of allowing land to be rezoned for Wilton Rancheria’s proposed casino-...

8/14/2017

article Activists challenge federal officials over proposed Elk Grove casino
(California) -- Stand Up for California!, a Penryn-based casino watchdog group, and three Elk Grove residents are challenging the federal government’s decision to...

8/10/2017

article Complaint Filed in Federal Court in Washington D.C. Against U.S. Dept. of Interior over Proposed Elk Grove Casin
(California) -- An amended complaint was filed this morning in U.S. District Court in Washington D.C. by Stand Up For California (SUFC) against the U.S. Department of...
article OP/ED: With this bill, casino will be a jackpot for Elk Grove, Wilton Rancheria tribe
(California) -- The Wilton Rancheria Tribe of Mewok People have traveled a long, hard road – a dramatic testament to their determination and will. Many of the...

7/27/2017

article Cooper Introduces Urgency Legislation For State Gaming Compact For Elk Grove Casino
(California) -- California State Assemblymember Jim Cooper (D - Elk Grove) has introduced urgency legislation for the compact between the State of California and the...

7/26/2017

article Governor signs gaming compact for Wilton Rancheria
(California) -- The Wilton Rancheria tribe’s plan to have Sacramento County’s first tribal casino-resort built on a 35.9-acre site at Highway 99 and Kammerer...

7/21/2017

article Gov. Brown signs compact, Wilton Rancheria Casino in Elk Grove still on hold
(California) -- A casino planned for the Sacramento Valley in Elk Grove, California got another step closer to reality on Wednesday when Gov. Jerry Brown signed a...
article Signing of compact provides significant boost to Sacramento tribal casino project
(California) -- After experiencing a number of setbacks, the Wilton tribe of Sacramento, CA is celebrating the signing of a gambling compact with Elk Grove. This step...

7/20/2017

article Elk Grove casino crosses another hurdle at state level
(California) -- A planned Elk Grove casino is one step closer to becoming a reality after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a compact that allows the Wilton Rancheria Tribe to...

7/19/2017

article California Governor Signs Sacramento County Casino Compact
(California) -- A Native American tribe's plans to build a casino near the California capital have cleared a major hurdle. Gov. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday he has...
article Giant leap forward for Elk Grove tribal casino
(California) -- Elk Grove moved a major step closer to having an Indian casino Wednesday after Gov. Jerry Brown announced he had negotiated a gaming compact with the...
article Gov. Brown Signs Compact with Wilton Rancheria For Elk Grove Casino; Next Stop Legislature
(California) -- This afternoon Gov. Jerry Brown has announced he has signed a tribal-state gaming compact with the Wilton Rancheria for their proposed $400-million...
article Governor approves gaming compact with Wilton Rancheria
(California) -- The Wilton Rancheria tribe’s plan to have Sacramento County’s first tribal casino-resort built on a 35.9-acre site at Highway 99 and Kammerer...
article Governor signs gaming compact with Wilton Rancheria for Elk Grove casino
(California) -- Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a tribal-state gaming compact with the Wilton Rancheria, a big step in the tribe’s effort to build a casino resort in...
article Tribe closer to Elk Grove casino
(California) -- A Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) executive has rejected an appeal from Stand Up for California! that wanted to stop the future casino’s land from...

7/18/2017

article BIA Denies Appeal, Wilton Rancheria Wins Skirmish in Elk Grove Casino War
(California) -- A little over one year ago, former Elk Grove Mayor Gary Davis and the Wilton Rancheria held a community information session to discuss plans for their...
article Elk Grove Indian casino may move forward
(California) -- Elk Grove is one step closer to getting an Indian casino. The federal government last week shot down an administrative appeal that challenged the process...

7/17/2017

article Federal executive dismisses appeal against proposed EG casino
(California) -- The Wilton Rancheria’s chairman on July 17 declared success in moving their proposed Elk Grove casino-resort forward. They announced that a Bureau...

7/15/2017

article Outlet mall to be completed in fall 2018, says developer
(California) -- Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly on July 11 told attendees of the Elk Grove-South County Democratic Club that The Outlet Collection at Elk Grove mall at Highway...

6/30/2017

article Activists say they want proposed casino project halted
(California) -- Two of the activists suing the city of Elk Grove regarding the Wilton Rancheria’s proposed $400 million casino-resort at Highway 99 and Kammerer...

6/27/2017

article Raising the Stakes
(California) -- In June 2009, Raymond “Chucky” Hitchcock got to do something he’d been waiting for his entire life: He finally got to tick the box...

6/24/2017

article Chairman of Wilton Rancheria Calls Lawsuit Against Elk Grove Act of 'Desperation' to Stop Casino Progress
(California) -- Below is a statement issued by Wilton Rancheria Tribal Chairman Raymond Hitchcock. The statement includes a response by Hitchcock to an inquiry made...

6/21/2017

article Activists file lawsuit against city over casino
(California) -- Several local citizens on June 20 filed a lawsuit against the city of Elk Grove, alleging that city leaders conducted “backroom deals” and...
article Could this lawsuit hurt Elk Grove’s plans for an Indian casino?
(California) -- A group of Elk Grove residents on Tuesday sued their City Council, alleging that some members privately colluded with the Wilton Rancheria tribe to push...
article Lawsuit Accuses Elk Grove Of Secret Deals For Casino
(California) -- Residents living in Elk Grove are suing the city, accusing them of secret backroom deals to build a casino. A 67-page petition filed Tuesday morning...

6/20/2017

article Citizens' Lawsuit Suggests Elk Grove, Wilton Rancheria Worked Closely For Last 5 Years on Proposed Casino Project
(California) -- Although the lawsuit filed on Tuesday, June 20 against the City of Elk Grove is based on claims that the City is not complying with the California Public...
article Residents File Petition Against Elk Grove City Council Over Wilton Casino Project Meetings
(California) -- “This is a family oriented city that the casino does not fit in,” said Joe Teixeira. “They’ve stonewalled us at every turn....

5/18/2017

article Letter From Sacramento Trade Group Suggests Elk Grove, Wilton Rancheria Casino Under Scrutiny by Trump Administration
(California) -- A letter from a leading Sacramento construction trade group suggests the Trump administration and the Department of Interior are further reviewing the...

4/24/2017

article Delays continue for planned Wilton Rancheria casino in California
(California) -- In California, the plan from the Wilton Rancheria to build a $400 million casino resort in southern Sacramento County is still reportedly being delayed...

4/23/2017

article Tribal law expert: Elk Grove casino in ‘holding pattern’
(California) -- Wilton Rancheria’s bid to build a $400 million Indian casino in Elk Grove is in a holding pattern while the Trump administration formulates Indian...

3/21/2017

article Supreme Court Decision on Temporary Presidential Appointments Could Affect Elk Grove Casino
(California) -- A United States Supreme Court Decision handed down today may adversely affect the Wilton Rancheria's proposed $400 million casino resort in Elk Grove...

3/7/2017

article Charles Banks-Altekruse: Stand up to bullying tactics of shady 'California' group
(California) -- The Elk Grove City Council was correct in asking hard questions of Cheryl Schmit, the director of Stand Up for California!, regarding her intervention in...

3/1/2017

article ALTEKRUSE: It’s time to turn the tables on casino gadfly and demand accountability, transparency
(California) -- The Elk Grove City Council was correct in asking hard questions of Cheryl Schmit, the director of Stand Up for California!, regarding her intervention in...
article Appeal filed against federal decision on proposed casino site
(California) -- A casino watchdog group on Feb. 21 filed an appeal against the recent federal decision to place land into trust for the Wilton Rancheria’s proposed...

2/24/2017

article Wilton Rancheria Indians moving ahead with gaming development
(California) -- The Wilton Rancheria Indians are moving ahead with a long-awaited gaming development in northern California now that the Bureau of Indian Affairs placed...

2/22/2017

article Activist talks about efforts to halt Elk Grove casino-resort project
(California) -- A casino watchdog group’s leader told the Citizen they will continue their effort to stop a proposed casino-resort from being built in Elk Grove....
article Bureau of Indian Affairs confirms Wilton Rancheria casino site in trust
(California) -- The Wilton Rancheria is moving forward with a long-awaited gaming development in northern California after clearing a big hurdle. The Bureau of Indian...
article Elk Grove Indian casino faces new challenge from gambling watchdog group
(California) -- The Wilton Rancheria tribe’s bid to bring a casino to suburban Elk Grove encountered a key roadblock Tuesday, when the project’s foes filed...
article Former Elk Grove Mayor Maintains Campaign Fund, Gains High Visibility in Controversial Casino Advocacy
(California) -- Even though he left office in December 2016 after serving on the Elk Grove City Council and Mayor for 10 years, Gary Davis has left his campaign fund...

2/21/2017

article Elk Grove casino is far from a done deal, legal experts say
(California) -- The proposed Indian casino in Elk Grove still has several legal hurdles to clear, despite assurances from the Wilton Rancheria tribe that the $400...

2/19/2017

article OP/ED: Why I Support the Wilton Rancheria Casino
(California) -- In the summer of ‘99, when I was 13, my mom and I moved from San Francisco to Elk Grove. The newly built subdivision was close to Joseph Kerr and...

2/17/2017

article Opinion - Why Elk Grove doesn't need a mall, much less a casino; How shopping, gambling are useful distractions for conventional wisdom
(California) -- When there is a wide gap in wealth and income, it requires a complete abandonment of hope and reason to argue that shopping, or for that matter gambling...

2/16/2017

article HITCHCOCK: The facts about Wilton Rancheria’s casino project
(California) -- After 58 years of struggle, Wilton Rancheria is no longer a landless tribe. The placing of 36 acres of land in Elk Grove into federal trust is a...

2/15/2017

article Elk Grove Casino Project Can Move Forward in California Following US Interior Decision
(California) -- The proposed Elk Grove casino project just miles south of Sacramento can move forward. That’s the result of the US Department of the Interior...
article SACBEE: Putting Elk Grove casino in empty mall may be best of bad options
(California) -- California does not need another casino. Casinos don’t create sustainable jobs or real economic development for cities. Some have been magnets for...

2/14/2017

article City Council changes decision on casino land deal
(California) -- The Elk Grove City Council on Feb. 8 reversed their October 2016 decision that allowed 35.9 acres of land to be sold to the Wilton Rancheria for their...
article Elk Grove Casino Project Back on Track
(California) -- Members of Wilton Rancheria announced Tuesday that their controversial casino resort project is back on track after attempts to derail it by competing...
article Federal approval ups the odds for casino in Elk Grove
(California) -- The city of Elk Grove is now one giant step closer to becoming the home of a very controversial casino. The Wilton Rancheria tribe announced Tuesday that...
article Federal government grants Wilton tribe control of land for Elk Grove casino
(California) -- The Indian tribe that plans to build a casino in Elk Grove announced that the federal government has taken 36 acres that it purchased into trust for the...
article Land placed into federal trust for Elk Grove Indian casino-resort
(California) -- The Wilton Rancheria on Feb. 14 announced that the U.S. Department of Interior placed 35.9 acres of land at Highway 99 and Kammerer Road into a federal...
article Rancheria: Casino plans are moving forward in Elk Grove
(California) -- The Wilton Rancheria Tribe announced Tuesday morning that it is moving forward with plans to build a $400 million casino and resort in Elk Grove. Tribe...
article Wilton Rancheria now has tribal land for casino in stalled Elk Grove mall
(California) -- The Wilton Rancheria tribe, at a news conference Tuesday, announced that the federal government has taken 36 acres of land in Elk Grove into trust,...

2/11/2017

article Boyd Gaming, Wilton Rancheria listed as purchasers of stalled mall site
(California) -- Boyd Gaming of Las Vegas and Wilton Rancheria, its apparent partner, are both listed as purchasers of a stalled mall construction site in Northern...

2/10/2017

article Tribe spends $36 million for planned Elk Grove casino site
(California) -- The Indian tribe looking to build a casino on the site of a stalled shopping mall in Elk Grove last month spent about $36 million to buy the land it...
article Elk Grove City Council repeals its casino land-use decision
(California) -- Elk Grove’s City Council on Wednesday repealed its land-use decision from last October that cleared title to land in a shopping center that is...

2/9/2017

article Elk Grove City Council Rescinds Development Agreement, Casino Prospects Remain Murky
(California) -- The Elk Grove City Council last night reversed their October 2016 decision and unanimously voted to reinstate a development agreement with the Howard...
article Elk Grove City Council Votes to Repeal Casino Ordinance
(California) -- It was never supposed to a night of solid "yes" or "no" about the Wilton Rancheria's planned casino for Elk Grove, but it's...
article Elk Grove council votes to repeal ordinance that set stage for Indian casino
(California) -- Elk Grove City Council members voted Tuesday night to repeal an ordinance from October that allowed the Howard Hughes Corp. to sell 35 acres of land to...

2/8/2017

article Elk Grove City Council once again considers casino
(California) -- The Elk Grove City Council will once again take up a controversial plan for a casino resort during a meeting Wednesday night.
article Future of Elk Grove casino resort to be discussed at Wednesday meeting
(California) -- In California, officials in the city Elk Grove will be meeting later today to discuss how to move forward with a plan from the Wilton Rancheria to build...

2/7/2017

article Elk Grove outlet mall signs on national tenants
(California) -- Elk Grove’s long awaited outlet mall could be in line for some big name tenants. Nike, Forever 21, American Eagle Outfitters, Victoria’s...

2/6/2017

article City Council to review petition on casino
(California) -- The Elk Grove City Council on Feb. 8 will provide direction and consider various options on a referendum petition related to the proposed, $400 million...
article Local Assemblyman speaks on work ahead for state
(California) -- Assembly Member Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) on Jan. 19 was reappointed by Speaker Anthony Rendon to serve on key Assembly policy committees.

2/2/2017

article Verified: Are casinos dangerous to communities?
(California) -- Plans for the Wilton Rancheria Casino and Resort are moving forward after the Elk Grove City Council voted 4-0 to lift what could have been an obstacle...

2/1/2017

article Local Assemblyman speaks on work ahead for state
(California) -- Assembly Member Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove) on Jan. 19 was reappointed by Speaker Anthony Rendon to serve on key Assembly policy committees.
article Elk Grove Casino CEQA Lawsuit To Be Discussed During Closed Session of Appointment Meeting
(California) -- Tomorrow night the Elk Grove City Council is holding its previously scheduled special meeting to appoint a new council member to fill the City's...

1/31/2017

article City Council delays decision on casino election
(California) -- The City Council on Jan. 25 announced that it would delay its plan to provide direction and consider various options on a referendum petition related to...

1/30/2017

article Elk Grove Mayor Steve Ly to BIA - He, City Council 'Completely Behind' Wilton Rancheria Casino
(California) -- Ever since the $400 million casino proposed by the Wilton Rancheria Elk Grove burst into public conscientious, Mayor Steve Ly and his City Council...

1/27/2017

article EG casino opponents respond to land trust announcement
(California) -- Opponents of the Wilton Rancheria Indian tribe’s efforts to have a $400 million casino built on a 35.9-acre site at Highway 99 and Kammerer Road...
article Sacramento County casino plan delayed by Donald Trump review
(California) -- In California, a plan from the Wilton Rancheria to build a $400 million casino resort in southern Sacramento County reportedly remains in jeopardy...

1/26/2017

article Elk Grove Delays Decision on Casino Referendum, Land Not Yet in Trust For Wilton Rancheria
(California) -- A highly anticipated vote by the Elk Grove City Council regarding a voter referendum related to the proposed Indian casino was delayed last night. The...
article Elk Grove tribal casino situation still muddled after council delays decision
(California) -- The fate of Elk Grove’s proposed Indian casino remains uncertain after city officials, receiving mixed signals from the federal government,...

1/25/2017

article EG Casino Opponents Respond to Land Trust Announcement
(California) -- Opponents of the Wilton Rancheria Indian tribe’s efforts to have a $400 million casino built on a 35.9-acre site at Highway 99 and Kammerer Road...
article Elk Grove council postpones action on casino referendum
(California) -- The Elk Grove City Council postponed action regarding a special election to decide whether a proposed $400 million Indian casino is built in the city....
article Elk Grove leaders push back controversial casino vote
(California) -- The Elk Grove City Council delayed a vote Wednesday evening on the controversial Wilton Rancheria Casino. The city council chambers were packed when the...
article Tribe gets casino land put into federal trust
(California) -- The Wilton Rancheria’s plan for a $400 million casino-resort in Elk Grove took a step forward on Jan. 19 when the U.S. Department of Interior...

1/24/2017

article Letter to Elk Grove City Attorney - Casino Matter Not Final, Land Trust Process Not Concluded
(California) -- In a letter sent yesterday to Elk Grove City Attorney Jonathon Hobbs, and Mona Ebrahimi of the Sacramento-based law firm of Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann...
article Trump administration could decide fate of planned Elk Grove Indian casino
(California) -- Just before President Barack Obama left office last week, his administration declared the Wilton Rancheria Indian tribe could acquire 36 acres of land in...

1/21/2017

article VIDEO: Elk Grove Casino project wins significant federal government ruling
(California) -- A proposed $400 million Indian casino in Elk Grove took one step closer to becoming a reality Friday. The U.S. Department of Interior made a major...

1/20/2017

article BIA Enters Elk Grove Parcel into Federal Trust For Wilton Rancheria Casino; Possible Recall Effort Being Mounted?
(California) -- In the waning hours of the Obama administration, the Bureau of Indian Affairs has decided to place a parcel of property at Elk Grove's unfinished...
article Elk Grove casino proposal gets key federal approval
(California) -- The federal government has approved the stack of environmental documents related to the Wilton Rancheria Indian tribe’s plan to build a $400...
article Local tribe hits milestone for proposed casino-resort
(California) -- The Wilton Rancheria’s plan for a $400 million casino-resort in Elk Grove took a step forward on Jan. 19 when the U.S. Department of Interior...
article New TV commercial lambasts Elk Grove casino project
(California) -- In Elk Grove, California, a proposed Indian gaming venue has been under heavy fire from the beginning. Now, a new television commercial has been created...
article Tribe wins major ruling on Elk Grove casino project
(California) -- In a major boost for a proposed $400 million Indian casino in Elk Grove, the federal government has agreed to let the tribe purchase 36 acres in Elk...
press release Department of Interior Issues Decision to Place Elk Grove Land into Trust for Wilton Rancheria
(California) -- The U.S. Department of Interior has issued a Record of Decision to place 35.9 acres of land in Elk Grove into federal trust for Wilton Rancheria, which...

1/19/2017

article TV ad rips Elk Grove casino project. Who’s behind it?
(California) -- The fight over a proposed Indian casino in Elk Grove is intensifying, with an obscure nonprofit group airing a blistering TV commercial saying the casino...

1/13/2017

article Elk Grove City Council Validates Anti-Casino Referendum Petition, Defers Decision on When to Hold Election
(California) -- The Elk Grove City Council last night voted to unanimously to certify the referendum petition seeking to overturn an ordinance that helps the process of...

1/11/2017

article Wilton Rancheria slams non-Indian interests for fighting casino
(California) -- The Wilton Rancheria of California has made significant progress on a $400 million casino but non-Indian interests are trying to stop the project....

1/10/2017

article Anti-casino petition verified, special election may be next
(California) -- Voters this summer might be asked to decide on whether or not land should be sold to the Wilton Rancheria for their proposed casino-resort in Elk Grove....

1/9/2017

article Elk Grove verifies anti-casino petition
(California) -- The decision of whether land located along a portion of California State Route 99 in Elk Grove should be sold to the Wilton Rancheria Tribe for its...

1/7/2017

article VIDEO: Voters to decide if Elk Grove should get an Indian casino
(California) -- Elk Grove voters apparently are going to decide whether a $400 million Indian casino gets built in their city. Casino opponents have submitted enough...
article Former tribal chair sentenced to death for slaughtering family members during hearing to evict her
(California) -- A Placer County jury has decided that Cherie Louise Rhoades should be sentenced to death for the 2014 murder of four people, three of them her relatives...

1/6/2017

article Anti-Elk Grove Casino Petition Validated, City Council to Decide How to Proceed
(California) -- In spite of robo-call warnings from former Mayor Gary Davis and Councilman Steve Detrick, the Elk Grove City Clerk has reported the petition for a...
article Voters to decide if Elk Grove should get an Indian casino
(California) -- Elk Grove voters apparently are going to decide whether a $400 million Indian casino gets built in their city. Casino opponents have submitted enough...

1/4/2017

article Elk Grove’s new mayor talks about casino, outlet mall, more
(California) -- Elk Grove’s new mayor, Steve Ly sat down with the Citizen last week at City Hall to discuss some of the projects and issues that he feels are most...

12/23/2016

article Newsmaker of the Year: Wilton Rancheria
(California) -- Dominating the news in 2016 was the Wilton Rancheria Indian tribe’s controversial effort to have a $400 million casino-resort built on a 35.9-acre...

12/17/2016

article Casino wars: California tribes, card rooms take their fight to Elk Grove
(California) -- All Elk Grove wanted was a shopping mall. Instead, it wound up in the middle of a long-standing statewide turf war over gambling.

12/16/2016

article Wilton Rancheria Resort-Casino Project Moves Forward
(California) -- The only federally recognized tribe in Sacramento County, California, is moving forward with its resort and casino project with the support of many in...

12/15/2016

article California Entrepreneur Roy Choi Lobby’s Against Elk Grove Casino
(California) -- Roy Choi, a California entrepreneur does not want a casino built in Elk Grove, Sacramento. Due to his lobbying efforts against it, California may reject...

12/14/2016

article Wilton Rancheria takes a huge step forward with casino project
(California) -- With just a few weeks left in the Obama administration, the Bureau of Indian Affairs is delivering an early but well-earned holiday present to the Wilton...

12/13/2016

article SCHMIDT: Elk Grove City Officials Failed to Provide Citizens an Open and Fair Process on the Proposed Wilton Rancheria Casino
(California) -- It appears that the City of Elk Grove, Howard Hughes Corporation of Texas, Boyd Gaming of Las Vegas and the Wilton Tribe may have been working behind the...

12/11/2016

article Elk Grove’s new mayor cheered by Hmong worldwide
(California) -- When Hmong refugee Steve Ly was elected mayor of suburban Elk Grove – a part-time position that pays $9,400 a year – his Nov. 8 victory was...

12/9/2016

article Elk Grove casino may face obstacles under Trump [sub req]
(California) -- The election of Donald Trump could delay and add new uncertainty to plans by the Wilton Rancheria tribe to build a $400 million casino resort in Elk...
article Poison Pill Pitfalls Abound in City of Elk Grove's, Howard Hughes' Development Agreement
(California) -- Research of an excerpt from an Elk Grove City Council 2014 staff report on The Outlet Collection at Elk Grove revealed some disturbing information. In a...

12/7/2016

article California poker company backs anti-tribal casino petition
(California) -- The Emeryville gaming and entertainment company, Knighted Ventures on Dec. 5 was identified as the entity that funded the petition to prevent an Indian...

12/6/2016

article Knighted Ventures LLC revealed as backer in fight against Elk Grove casino
(California) -- A strong effort has been made to stop Elk Grove from created a proposed Indian Casino with the company involved in the fight now revealed. A state Fair...
article Non-Indian gaming firm fighting Wilton Rancheria casino project
(California) -- The Wilton Rancheria has finally learned who is trying to stop the tribe from opening a casino in northern California. According to news reports,...
article With Petition Backers Revealed, Elk Grove Has Options To Keep Casino Project Afloat
(California) -- Now that the identity of the group backing the petition to kill the Elk Grove casino has been revealed, what options does the City of Elk Grove have at...

12/5/2016

article Elk Grove casino enemies take fight to court
(California) -- Opponents of the proposed Indian casino in Elk Grove have fired their latest shot – a lawsuit accusing the city of violating California’s...
article Elk Grove casino referendum backer is chef with casino investments
(California) -- Los Angeles celebrity chef Roy Choi is the force behind the referendum to keep Elk Grove from approving a $400 million tribal casino. Choi’s...
article Firm that runs card room games is bankrolling Elk Grove casino fight
(California) -- The force behind the effort to halt the proposed Indian casino in Elk Grove is a Bay Area company tied to a Sacramento card room operator. Knighted...
article Los Angeles entrepreneur trying to stop $400 million tribal casino
(California) -- Los Angeles entrepreneur Roy Choi is the force behind the referendum to keep Elk Grove from approving a $400 million tribal casino. Choi’s Knighted...

12/4/2016

article Construction Contractors Alliance takes on opponents of proposed Elk Grove casino
(California) -- The proposed $400 million tribal casino in Elk Grove has stirred up a lot of legal activity as Stand Up For California, a gambling watchdog group, has...

12/3/2016

article Builders fire back at Elk Grove casino opponents
(California) -- An alliance of construction contractors is fighting back against casino opponents in Elk Grove, challenging technicalities behind a ballot referendum...

12/2/2016

article Opponents of planned California casino file lawsuit
(California) -- In California, opponents of a plan from the federally-recognized Wilton Rancheria tribe to build a $400 million resort casino in central Sacramento...

12/1/2016

article Anti-casino group sues city
(California) -- The city of Elk Grove on Nov. 23 was sued by the anti-casino group, Stand Up for California and two Elk Grove residents for allegedly violating state...
article Opponents of Elk Grove casino head to court
(California) -- Opponents of the proposed Indian casino in Elk Grove have fired their latest shot – a lawsuit accusing the city of violating California’s...

11/30/2016

article Wilton Rancheria tribal chair critical of mall developer
(California) -- Wilton Rancheria Tribal Chair and CEO Raymond “Chuckie” Hitchcock on Nov. 18 expressed his frustrations with The Howard Hughes Corp.,...

11/29/2016

article Wilton Rancheria still wondering about anti-casino campaign
(California) -- The Wilton Rancheria and its supporters are still trying to figure out who is behind a mysterious anti-casino effort. A new clue emerged last week when a...

11/25/2016

article City receives anti-casino petition signatures
(California) -- The Elk Grove City Clerk’s office on Nov. 21 received 14,800 signatures that were collected by an unidentified group that opposes the proposed...

11/23/2016

article Elk Grove City Clerk Offers Clarification on Some Points of Recent Petition Submission
(California) -- In the aftermath of the recent whirlwind of activity in Elk Grove over the petition drive, the Elk Grove City Clerk's office has provided...
article OP/ED: The Truth About the Petitions and the Elk Grove Casino
(California) -- The Elk Grove City Council has stated on numerous occasions in relation to the proposed Indian casino to be built on the ghost mall property that their...

11/22/2016

article 600 want names removed from anti-Elk Grove casino petition
(California) -- Some people who signed a petition demanding a public vote on a controversial casino now want their names off the list.
article New details emerge on who is opposing Elk Grove casino
(California) -- More details are coming out about who is funding the opposition to the Elk Grove casino project. The mysterious backer is funding a petition to force the...

11/21/2016

article City Of Elk Grove Reviews Petition Signatures To Stop Casino Project
(California) -- The City of Elk Grove will spend the next few weeks checking thousands of signatures on a recently-submitted petition that could halt a planned casino...
article Elk Grove casino opponents turn in petitions backed by mystery donor
(California) -- Opponents of a proposed Indian casino in Elk Grove turned in 14,800 signatures to the city clerk in their effort to block the $400 million project,...
article Elk Grove casino opponents turn in signatures to trigger referendum
(California) -- A group trying to overturn Elk Grove’s approval of a $400 million casino development has turned in 14,800 signatures to put a referendum on the...
article Unknown Anti-Elk Grove Casino Group Submits Petitions; Opposing Group Files Complaint With FPPC
(California) -- In a whirlwind of activity this afternoon, the unknown group that has held a petition drive in the last week-and-half in Elk Grove has submitted 14,800...

11/20/2016

article Elk Grove City Councilman Voices Third Robo Call; Region Business Sending Mailer
(California) -- The petition drive that started about 11-days ago in Elk Grove seeking to reverse an October vote by the Elk Grove Council is taking on new dimensions...
article Wilton Rancheria faces shady opposition group in push for casino
(California) -- Someone really wants to stop the Wilton Rancheria from opening a casino in northern California but no one knows for sure who is behind the shady effort....

11/19/2016

article Elk Grove Signature Gatherer Claims Anti-Casino, Mall Petition Drive Has Met Goal
(California) -- A signature gatherer working the Winco store on Sheldon Road in Elk Grove this morning claims a controversial petition drive is close to wrapping up as...

11/18/2016

article Anti-casino petition circulating in Elk Grove
(California) -- A petition aimed at halting the Wilton Rancheria’s proposed $400 million casino-resort along Highway 99 and Kammerer Road is circulating and...
article Elk Grove City Council, Through Region Business, Condemns Local Petition Drive
(California) -- In a statement released this afternoon by Sacramento-based business advocacy group Region Business, the Elk Grove City Council expressed dismay with a...
article Who's paying for petition against Elk Grove casino?
(California) -- Opponents of a controversial Wilton Rancheria gaming casino and resort in Elk Grove are now paying for signatures to force a public vote on the issue...

11/17/2016

article Elk Grove Approves Casino/Mall Plan As Faceless Opposition Launches Petition
(California) -- The Elk Grove City Council voted to scrap half of the Elk Grove Mall project in order to get construction on the other half started sooner.
article Mystery group tries to block Elk Grove casino [video]
(California) -- A mystery group is trying to get Elk Grove residents to sign a petition that could block the casino. (Nov. 15, 2016)

11/14/2016

article Howard Hughes Issues Statement on Elk Grove Petition Drive Seeking to Reenact Development Agreement
(California) -- In light of the petition drive under way in Elk Grove over the last several days, the owner of the unfinished Outlet Collection at Elk Grove issued a...
article Petition drive held by opponents of proposed Wilton Rancheria casino in Elk Grove
(California) -- In an effort to stop the Wilton Rancheria Tribe from building a $400 million casino resort on 35.9 acres of land in central Sacramento County, opponents...
article Petitions and lawsuits – Elk Grove casino, mall plan under fire
(California) -- After 15 years of waiting for its big shopping mall to materialize at the south end of town, Elk Grove thought it had found the ideal development...
article Region Builders Launches Elk Grove Robo Call Campaign Urging Rejection of Petition Drive
(California) -- ven though the November 8 election is in the rear-view mirror for most voters, in the last few days Elk Grove voters may be experiencing a Déjà vu of...
article Signature collectors want referendum on Elk Grove casino proposal
(California) -- Opponents of a proposed casino in Elk Grove are collecting signatures for a referendum to overturn a recent city action seen as a step toward casino...
article Signature Drive Fighting $400 Million Elk Grove Casino Deal
(California) -- A big money political battle is now playing out across the city of Elk Grove, with accusations of secret money playing a role. It’s raising the...
article A place for Miwok people to rest, and tell their story
(California) -- For millennia our Miwok ancestors hunted, fished and foraged across a large swath of the Sacramento Valley, from the American River drainage to Yosemite...

11/13/2016

article Anti-Casino Foes Gather Signatures in Hopes of Halting Proposed Elk Grove, Wilton Rancheria Casino
(California) -- The battle over the Wilton Rancheria casino resort proposed in Elk Grove took on another dimension in recent days. Opponents of the $400-million project...

11/4/2016

article Elk Grove candidate votes for casino deal, tells voters he opposes gambling venue
(California) -- In the home stretch of the Elk Grove mayor’s race, Vice Mayor Steve Ly has sent out a mailer that addresses his position on the major casino resort...
article Verified: Are casinos dangerous to communities?
(California) -- Plans for the Wilton Rancheria Casino and Resort are moving forward after the Elk Grove City Council voted 4-0 to lift what could have been an obstacle...

11/3/2016

article Steve Ly's Elk Grove Casino Claims Rated 'Iffy' by Sacramento Bee
(California) -- How honest was Elk Grove Mayoral candidate Steve Ly's recent "As a Father" casino mailer? According to an analysis by the Sacramento Bee...

11/1/2016

article EG Chamber board votes in support of proposed casino project
(California) -- The Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce board on Oct. 27 voted to support the Wilton Rancheria Indian tribe’s proposed, $400 million casino and resort...

10/31/2016

article Mayoral Candidate Steve Ly Skewered For 'Buffet Line' Remark at Elk Grove Casino, Mailer Opposing Gambling
(California) -- Mayoral candidate Steve Ly has been ridiculed by one of his rival's campaign consultant for his conflicting stances on the proposed $400-million...

10/25/2016

article Verified: Are casinos dangerous to communities?
(California) -- Plans for the Wilton Rancheria Casino and Resort are moving forward after the Elk Grove City Council voted 4-0 to lift what could have been an obstacle...

10/24/2016

article Editorial: Ly, Suen and Craft sound choices for Elk Grove
(California) -- Growth – how to do it and even whether to do it – has long been a point of contention in Elk Grove. And with several high-profile projects in...

10/22/2016

article Wilton Rancheria continues to make progress on casino project
(California) -- The Wilton Rancheria continues to make progress on its proposed casino in northern California. The city council in Elk Grove last month approved a...

10/19/2016

article Tribe moves a step forward in casino project
(California) -- The Elk Grove City Council on Oct. 12 voted 4-0 to approve a change to a development agreement on the 35.9-acre site of the proposed, $400 million Wilton...

9/30/2016

article California tribe wins local approval for planned casino resort
(California) -- In California, local officials have approved a deal to support the federally-recognized Wilton Rancheria tribe as it seeks to construct a $400 million...

9/29/2016

article Elk Grove City Council approves $400M casino
(California) -- The Elk Grove City Council approved plans for a casino and resort along Highway 99 during its meeting Wednesday night. The Wilton Rancheria Tribe poised...
article Elk Grove council approves $132 million casino deal after ardent debate
(California) -- Elk Grove City Council members voted unanimously Wednesday night to approve a casino development agreement with the Wilton Rancheria, providing a major...

9/28/2016

article Tribe, Elk Grove reach tentative agreement on $400 million Highway 99 casino
(California) -- A south Sacramento County tribe has reached a tentative agreement with the city of Elk Grove to build the region’s next major casino resort on...
article California tribe reaches tentative deal for new casino
(California) -- In California, the federally-recognized Wilton Rancheria tribe has reached a tentative agreement with local officials to build a $400 million casino...
article City Council to review casino agreement, Sept. 28
(California) -- The Elk Grove City Council on Sept. 28 will consider approving a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Wilton Rancheria Indian tribe for a casino...
article City moves to bring industrial park, north commercial area into city
(California) -- Galt City Council voted unanimously to proceed with annexation of the industrial park area and the commercially zoned area north of Twin Cities Road...
article Elk Grove City Council set to vote on $400M casino
(California) -- The Wilton Rancheria Tribe already purchased a 36-acre lot off Highway 99 and Kammerer Road and are just steps away from making the $400 million casino...
article Stand Up For California to BIA - Proposed Elk Grove Casino Site Encumbered, Community Not Properly Notified
(California) -- In a detailed 14-page letter to the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Stand Up For California, a statewide organization focused on gaming issues, has said...

9/27/2016

article Planned casino could mean big money for Elk Grove
(California) -- On Wednesday, Elk Grove will consider making a deal valued at $131 million over 20 years with the tribe of the Wilton Rancheria to allow the tribe to...

9/15/2016

article Casino land could be dropped from Elk Grove outlet mall agreement
(California) -- Some clean up on the development agreement for the Outlet Collection at Elk Grove will be considered by the city’s planning commission this evening.

9/6/2016

press release United Pastors of Sacramento Supports Wilton Rancheria’s Planned Resort and Casino Project in Elk Grove
(California) -- United Pastors of Sacramento, the region’s largest association of multi-denominational, multi-ethnic pastors, has announced its “strong...

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