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Graton Rancheria tribal casino in Rohnert Park clears last hurdle

Nine years after the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria announced plans to open a casino in Sonoma County, inciting opposition and controversy, the tribe has cleared its last governmental hurdle.

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4/11/2014

article Jail-bound court defendant to judge: Hold on, I left my 3-year-old daughter in the car outside
(California) -- One of several suspects arrested for allegedly using fake credit cards at the Graton Casino showed up to court Thursday in Santa Rosa, only to leave her...

4/7/2014

article 5 Arrested In Credit Card Fraud Scheme Out Of Rohnert Park Hotel
(California) -- Five Bay Area residents were arrested Saturday for theft using fraudulent credit cards, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office said.
article Sheriff's Office busts credit card ring in RP hotel
(California) -- Sonoma County Sheriff's deputies busted an elaborate credit card crime ring operating out of a Rohnert Park hotel early Saturday morning, resulting...

4/1/2014

article Casino Location Impacts Long-Term Success
(California) -- Location, location, location is a well-established mantra in the real estate business. Tribal casinos are not exempt – particularly in California,...

3/19/2014

article New Graton Casino leveled Indian competitor
(California) -- It was anticipated that the opening of the big Graton Resort and Casino in Rohnert Park in November might hurt other Indian gaming halls in Sonoma County...

3/18/2014

article River Rock Casino taking hit in wake of Graton casino opening
(California) -- River Rock, Sonoma County’s first Native American casino, has seen its revenues plummet since the opening of the Graton Resort and Casino in...

3/14/2014

article RP council mulls casino mitigation funds
(California) -- Discussion has begun among Rohnert Park City Council members and the city’s senior analyst, Bryce Atkins, concerning the use of casino mitigation...
article Coffeegrounds: It seems all casinos have competition woe
(California) -- IT’S OBVIOUS tribal casinos have outgrown their diapers and bunny-eared slippers. In California, there are 109 authentic tribes owning 68 casinos...

3/6/2014

article Graton Tribe Wins Wetland Grant
(California) -- The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria were one of ten recipients in a recent round of wetlands grants from the US Environmental Protection Agency.

2/28/2014

article Graton Rancheria casino dollars flowing to Rohnert Park
(California) -- For the first time since its opening on Nov. 5, 2013, the Graton Casino Mitigation Fund report was released this week during Tuesday’s Rohnert Park...
article Traffic routes study calls for upgrades in RP
(California) -- Now that the Graton Tribe casino has had several months to settle in on its location on Golf Course Drive West (formerly Wilfred Avenue), Rohnert Park...

2/20/2014

article Rohnert Park casino robbery victim calls attack 'life changing'
(California) -- Dennis Shelley took his share of punches many years ago as a college boxer but the hardest blow he ever felt came Christmas Eve in the parking lot of...

2/18/2014

article Staff Spotlight: Greg Sarris
(California) -- Many people know Greg Sarris as Chairman of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria and one of the key individuals involved in the opening of the new...

2/15/2014

article Cox: Looks can deceive
(California) -- The food at the Daily Grill in the Graton Resort and Casino in Rohnert Park looks good. It's lavishly presented, with large portions and tempting...

2/9/2014

article No spike in Rohnert Park crime last year
(California) -- Rates for most crimes in Rohnert Park remained mostly flat in 2013, the year that the Graton Resort and Casino opened just outside the city’s...

2/4/2014

article Graton Resort & Casino Gives Away a Car and Cash Every Day in February
(California) -- From February 1 through February 28, 2014, Graton Resort & Casino will give away a total of $800,000 including 28 cars and $210,000 in cash. Daily...

1/28/2014

press release IGT's Wheel of Fortune® Brings the Gold Rush to Graton Resort & Casino
(California) -- Last week IGT (IGT) awarded $958,743.35 in total jackpots at the newly opened $800 million Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park, CA.

1/25/2014

article Unemployment falls to 5.7 percent in Sonoma County
(California) -- Unemployment fell to 5.7 percent in Sonoma County in December, down from a revised 6.0 percent in November 2013 as the jobless rate continued to decline...
article Eatery shutters doors at casino
(California) -- The Graton Resort & Casino lost its first eatery on Jan. 14 when DK Wings shuttered its doors a little more than two months after opening at the...

1/18/2014

article Petaluma man suspected of evading police in stolen vehicle
(California) -- A Petaluma driver suspected of running from authorities after they stopped him in Rohnert Park late Thursday night was arrested on a host of charges,...

1/16/2014

article DK Wings closes suddenly in Graton Resort and Casino
(California) -- Douglas Keane’s chicken wing shop in the two-months-old Graton Resort and Casino in Rohnert Park — was suddenly boarded up. The sign was...

1/15/2014

article Douglas Keane closes chicken wings eatery in Graton Resort & Casino
(California) -- DK Wings, celebrity chef Douglas Keane’s concept chicken wings eatery that was a gourmet keynote of the Graton Resort & Casino food court,...

1/13/2014

article Smith: Forget shirts, some gambler lost his shoes
(California) -- Ed and Sally Jensen had the nicest outing to the Graton casino last Wednesday. “We didn't lose any money,” Sally said. Lunch at the Daily...

1/5/2014

article Rohnert Park on road to revival
(California) -- Marilyn Ponton, Rohnert Park's normally low-key development services manager, laughed and spoke in exclamation points as she said, “We're...

12/29/2013

article Two Santa Rosa men arrested in casino assault, robbery
(California) -- Sonoma County Sheriff's detectives Friday arrested two young men suspected of assaulting and robbing a 68-year-old man at the Graton Resort and...

12/28/2013

article 2 Arrests Made In Christmas Eve Robbery Outside Graton Casino
(California) -- Two Santa Rosa men have been arrested in connection with a Christmas Eve robbery outside the Graton Resort and Casino, the Sonoma County Sheriff’s...
article Wanted Santa Rosa man arrested at casino
(California) -- A Santa Rosa man who had been wanted by federal authorities for three years was arrested at Graton Resort & Casino on Friday night.
article Pricy, good steakhouse
(California) -- Hope for some winning hands of poker if you're going to dine at 630 Park Steakhouse in the new Graton Resort and Casino in Rohnert Park — it...

12/27/2013

article Two Santa Rosa men arrested in casino assault, robbery
(California) -- Sonoma County Sheriff's detectives Friday arrested two young men suspected of assaulting and robbing a 68-year-old man at the Graton Resort and...

12/25/2013

article Man Robbed During Attack Outside Graton Casino
(California) -- A 67-year-old man was robbed in a parking lot at Graton Resort and Casino in Rohnert Park Tuesday morning, according to the Sonoma County Sheriff’s...

12/24/2013

article Man beaten, robbed outside Rohnert Park casino
(California) -- A 67-year-old man was beaten and robbed in the parking lot of the Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park Tuesday morning, an attack that left him...

12/19/2013

article Casinos step up their game with promotions
(California) -- An odd thing happened in the days after the Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park opened in early November: Attendance at nearby gaming houses, such...

12/7/2013

article Month after opening, Rohnert Park casino's impact hotly debated
(California) -- A month after the Graton Resort & Casino opened to applause and trepidation and uncertainty, early reports likely provide fodder for both critics and...

11/27/2013

article Sonoma's Graton Resort & Casino Deals Las Vegas Glam
(California) -- The rolling hills around Sonoma County are known for vineyards and farms, but these days a new casino is dealing out Las Vegas style to the agrarian...

11/26/2013

article Big and Brassy / California’s largest casino opens outside San Francisco
(California) -- The Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park, described as the “$800 million gorilla” by one industry analyst and easily California’s...
article Casino Traffic Impacts Waning
(California) -- Three weeks ago, when the new Graton Indian casino first opened, traffic in the area was gridlocked for much of the morning. To find out how that...

11/25/2013

article Group opposed to Station Casino project qualifies for California referendum
(California) -- Station Casinos will have to wait a year to find out if it can help a California Indian tribe build a $350 million casino complex 25 miles north of...
article City awaits casino money
(California) -- If money won is twice as sweet as money earned, then Petaluma receiving money from the Graton Resort & Casino for police mitigation may not be so...

11/17/2013

article Gamblers bring their appetites to Graton casino
(California) -- Although the 13 restaurants at the Graton Resort & Casino are now up and running, the chefs and owners are still tweaking menus and hours to cater to...

11/16/2013

article Graton Resort & Casino design plays dull hand
(California) -- The most architecturally memorable casinos - the ones that go to preposterous extremes - use pyramids and pirate ships and mock canals to set the mood.

11/15/2013

article Casino traffic nears ‘normal’ after chaotic Nov. 5 opening
(California) -- Rohnert Park’s Director of Public Safety, Brian Masterson, gave the city council an update on the casino traffic situation at the council’s...
article Hale sees E-Zone on RP’s northwest corner
(California) -- Yes indeed, right up front it merited further investigation. We got a letter to the editor mentioning my name, and it appeared in The Voice’s Nov....
article Masterson tells of casino traffic mess
(California) -- The monthly noontime luncheon meeting sponsored by the Rohnert Park Chamber of Commerce had a special edge attached to it on Nov. 6 in Foxtail Golf Club...

11/13/2013

article Power restored to Graton Resort & Casino, surrounding area
(California) -- A hit-and-run driver who caused a large power outage Tuesday night in Rohnert Park, which included the Graton Resort & Casino, remained at large...

11/12/2013

article Graton Casino grand opening causes traffic jams
(California) -- Gridlocked traffic and beeping horns marked the opening of the Graton Casino last Tuesday, with crowds exceeding 5,000 individuals packing the 3,000 slot...
article New Game in Town: Record Crowds Swarm Graton Resort & Casino Opening
(California) -- “I’m so excited!” shouted Eileen Braden of Napa, fast-walking from the parking lot to the entrance of the Graton Resort & Casino in...
article Power goes out in Rohnert Park & new casino
(California) -- Power was reported out at Graton Resort & Casino late Tuesday night due to a outage in the area, according to a PG&E spokesman.

11/11/2013

article Graton Casino's new eateries include a Douglas Keane venture
(California) -- There's always hoopla when a casino opens. The coins start jingling, the big buffets unfold, and confetti flutters everywhere.
article Rohnert Park casino traffic woes start to ease
(California) -- Traffic that snarled Highway 101 last week from Santa Rosa to south of Petaluma for the opening of the Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park seems...

11/10/2013

article OP/ED: California should not cede lands to gambling tribes
(California) -- The Bay Area just got its first Indian casino - the Graton tribe mega-casino - and it brings mega-problems. North Bay traffic will never be the same. The...

11/9/2013

article Beginning of the End of the New Graton Casino?
(California) -- On opening day of the Graton Casino in Rohnert Park, Stop Graton Casino has signaled it’s intent to shut the Graton casino down by filing its...
article Indian casino set to open in Calif. wine country
(California) -- A new Native American casino in California's wine country, opening Tuesday, features Las Vegas-style gambling with 3,000 slot and video poker...

11/8/2013

article What they said: Quotes from Google, Victor Rocha
(California) -- "This is what you build when you're going to be here a long, long time." Gambling analyst Victor Rocha describing the just-opened Graton...

11/7/2013

article 2nd day smooth for Rohnert Park casino
(California) -- Day 2 at the Graton Resort & Casino was very different from Day 1. A day after thousands of people flocked to the $800 million casino's public...
article California Mega-Resort Challenges Tribal Casinos, Card Clubs [sub req'd]
(California) -- What one gambling attorney called the “Godzilla” of the California American Indian casino industry opened for business this week in Rohnert...
article Heavy casino traffic a sure bet
(California) -- The locals who were forced to endure the massive traffic congestion caused by the opening of the Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park are probably...
article Thousands swarm Graton casino on opening day
(California) -- Seventy-year-old Mary Lopez left her Fremont home just after 3 a.m. to line up in the cold air outside the Graton Resort & Casino, ignoring whatever...

11/6/2013

article Graton Casino Opens, with Keane, Gemignani, Yan in Tow
(California) -- Yesterday was opening day for the Graton Resort & Casino, the new palace of gaming in Rohnert Park. While most of the press was understandably...
article Graton Resort and Casino opens in Sonoma County, complete with star chef restaurant collection
(California) -- Yesterday was opening day for Rohnert Park’s massive Graton Resort and Casino. And for our purposes here on Inside Scoop, it’s worth noting...
article New Graton casino draws huge crowds, snarls wine country traffic
(California) -- The opening of one of California's largest Indian casinos on Tuesday drew throngs of visitors and snarled traffic in the state's wine country.

11/5/2013

article An introduction to The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria
(California) -- Who is behind the Bay Area's newest entertainment destination? We are pleased to introduce you to the owners, The Federated Indians of Graton...
article Betting on Graton
(California) -- The route to Wine Country was chock-full of gamblers on Nov. 5. They came in cars and limos. And they came on buses, just like hundreds of San...
article Casino opening attracts thousands
(California) -- The $820 million Graton Resort & Casino opened its doors this morning to a throng of visitors from the Bay Area and beyond, as thousands expected...
article Crowds flock to new Rohnert Park casino, clogging roadways
(California) -- It cost more than $800 million to build, spans 340,000 square feet and will employ 2,000 full-time workers. It also carved a deep rift in Sonoma County...
article Excitement builds for opening of new Rohnert Park casino
(California) -- The Graton Resort & Casino is scheduled to open at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Check back frequently for live updates throughout the day from a team of Press...
article Graton Casino to open today in Rohnert Park
(California) -- The opening of one of California's largest Native American casinos in wine country on Tuesday morning is expected to draw throngs of visitors and...
article Graton Rancheria chairman Greg Sarris filled with gratitude
(California) -- As the first crowds streamed through the doors of the Graton Resort & Casino on Tuesday morning, Greg Sarris was there to greet them with a wide...
article Heavy traffic, lots of frustrated drivers near casino
(California) -- Traffic backed up on Highway 101 and on streets in Rohnert Park as the Graton Resort & Casino made its debut Tuesday.
article Indian casino set to open in Calif. wine country
(California) -- A new Native American casino in California's wine country, opening Tuesday, features Las Vegas-style gambling with 3,000 slot and video poker...
article Meet the team behind Graton Resort & Casino
(California) -- How do you prepare to open the doors to a new casino? It takes a great deal of behind-the-scenes planning by a large team of talented people to make your...
article No traffic troubles near the casino so far
(California) -- Authorities are bracing for heavy traffic Tuesday as the Graton Resort & Casino makes its debut. As many as 10,000 additional vehicles are expected...
article PD Editorial: Grand hopes, fears attend casino opening
(California) -- At precisely 10 a.m. today, the number of tribal casinos in California will increase from 68 to 69. The number of operating slot machines will increase...
article River Rock Casino populated with gamblers turned away from Graton
(California) -- River Rock, Sonoma County's oldest tribal casino, saw a rush of patrons Tuesday, capturing people who couldn't get into the packed new Graton...
article Station Casinos, tribal owners open casino near San Francisco
(California) -- Station Casinos and the tribal owners of an $800 million Northern California casino decided a 13-year wait was long enough. With crowds building for...
article Thousands swarm Graton casino on opening day
(California) -- Seventy-year-old Mary Lopez left her Fremont home just after 3 a.m. to line up in the cold air outside the Graton Resort & Casino near Rohnert Park...

11/4/2013

article California's addiction to Indian casinos
(California) -- In just over a decade, Indian casinos have shot from backcountry slot machine emporiums to enormous gambling meccas, an escalation completely at odds...
article Petaluma braces for casino traffic as Rohnert Park casino opens
(California) -- Petaluma Police are joining other area law enforcement agencies in bracing for Tuesday's opening of the Graton Resort and Casino in Rohnert Park.

11/3/2013

article Brace for traffic delays when casino opens, authorities warn
(California) -- Find another route. That's a key bit of advice that authorities are dispensing as they brace for weeks of heavy traffic following the opening Tuesday...
article Graton casino eyes half-billion annual revenue
(California) -- The Graton Resort & Casino is expected to bring in $532 million in annual gambling revenues within two years, according to a report prepared for...
article Graton Casino opening could snarl traffic on Highway 101
(California) -- The opening of a new tribal casino in Rohnert Park on Tuesday could snarl traffic in Sonoma County this week, especially on U.S. Highway 101, police have...
article Rule of law differs inside tribal casinos like Graton
(California) -- The world of the sprawling Graton Resort & Casino is a distinct one where any disputes that arise will take place in a notably different legal...
article Sovereignty shapes county's relationship with tribal casinos
(California) -- Eleven years after the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians opened Sonoma County's only casino in the Geyserville hills, the Federated Indians of...
article Traffic concerns loom as Sonoma County casino prepares to open
(California) -- Gamblers got their first look at a huge new casino in Sonoma County Saturday night as CHP and area residents braced for what could be a large influx of...

11/2/2013

article California’s largest casino to open in Sonoma County
(California) -- Anita Silva, 82, never felt deprived by her humble upbringing in a drafty shack with no indoor plumbing on a reservation in Sonoma County. Despite...
article Graton Resort & Casino's big moment arrives after decade of debate
(California) -- One of California’s largest casinos opens Tuesday outside Rohnert Park after a decade of bitter debate. The belief that it will revive an...

10/30/2013

article Graton Resort & Casino: Rohnert Park facility opening
(California) -- Bounded by patches of farmland a half mile from Highway 101, the gleaming Graton Resort & Casino is bringing a slice of Las Vegas, with some Northern...

10/29/2013

article Officials: Impact of California's newest gaming property will be less than Thunder Valley
(California) -- Northern California’s roster of tribal casinos is about to grow, and big. But what next week’s opening of the $800 million Graton Resort...

10/26/2013

article Graton Rancheria gets closer toward opening of $825M casino
(California) -- The big day is getting closer -- the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria in California will open its gaming facility in less than two weeks. The tribe...

10/25/2013

article Poll: Joining anti-casino lawsuit bad idea
(California) -- Most people responding to this week’s online poll said it was a bad idea for the City of Petaluma to join a lawsuit to stop the Graton Resort...

10/24/2013

article Old Man Coyote Dreams of Slots
(California) -- When you first set eyes on the tribal leader, it is virtually impossible not to have some variation of the same thought: This guy’s an Indian?
article Petaluma not joining casino lawsuit
(California) -- After a closed session discussion Monday, the Petaluma City Council decided not to join a lawsuit against the Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park.

10/17/2013

article Marin Voice: A smoke-free Graton casino could be an advantage for the house
(California) -- FEW INDOOR PLACES allow smoking these days, but when we think of casinos one of the first things we think of is a cigarette smoke-filled room, harkening...
article RP gets lots of casino ‘feedback’
(California) -- Rohnert Park City Hall cannot be accused of ignoring or shunting aside citizen comments about the Graton Resort & Casino slated to open early next...

10/15/2013

article Sonoma County grapples with providing public access to open space
(California) -- The Sonoma County Board of Supervisors today is set to consider a financial policy that seeks to break the fiscal logjams that have delayed public access...

10/11/2013

article Rohnert Park casino: friend or foe to Petaluma?
(California) -- Ongoing efforts to quash the possibility of a tribal gaming casino south of town have Petaluma city officials pondering whether to join a lawsuit against...

10/9/2013

article How Will the Graton Casino Affect Traffic & Public Safety?
(California) -- With just four weeks until the Nov. 5 opening of the $800M Graton Resort & Casino, Sonoma County and Rohnert Park officials are working to improve...
article Rohnert Park officials prepare for casino growing pains
(California) -- One day, after the Graton Resort & Casino opens and traffic in the area almost certainly gets worse, the “new norm” will come and it will...

10/8/2013

article City Hall Preps for Traffic, Public Safety Impact of $800M Graton Resort & Casino
(California) -- With projections ranging from 8,000 visitors a day to an extra 40,800 car trips on Hwy. 101 in Rohnert Park, city officials are ramping up traffic...
article Graton opens doors to cameras, controversy
(California) -- Sonoma County: known for butter and eggs, American Graffitti, wine, and now – gambling? Actually, it’s a little bit more than that. At least...

10/7/2013

article Group urges Petaluma to join fight against Rohnert Park casino
(California) -- More than a dozen opponents of urban Indian casinos urged the Petaluma City Council on Monday night to join an ongoing legal fight against the Graton...
article Impact Sonoma 2013: Questions for Lori Nelson, Station Casinos
(California) -- Lori Nelson is vice president of corporate communications for Station Casinos, the operator of the nearly completed, $820 million Graton Resort &...

10/5/2013

press release Graton Casino Faces Renewed Legal Challenge
(California) -- Stop Graton Casino (formerly Stop the Casino 101 Coalition) has announced that it will appeal the grant of summary judgment to the Governor on its...

10/3/2013

article $800 Million Casino Opening in Rohnert Park Nov. 5
(California) -- Bay Area media got a tour of the $820 million Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park Wednesday as the 200 construction workers on the site readied...
article $800 Million Graton Resort & Casino: "The Most Interesting Destination in Northern California"?
(California) -- In a media tour in advance of the Rohnert Park casino's Nov. 5 debut, the chairman of the 1,300 Coast Miwok and Southern Pomo members of the...
article Embattled North Bay casino opens doors for a preview
(California) -- Greg Sarris said he didn't want just a "tent in the field." With his tribe's 340,000-square-foot Graton Resort and Casino set to open...
article Graton Resort and Casino unveiled before Nov. 5 opening
(California) -- The scale and scope of the Graton Resort & Casino came into sharp focus Wednesday when its doors were thrown open to the media for the first time.
press release Graton Casino Faces Renewed Legal Challenge
(California) -- Stop Graton Casino (formerly Stop the Casino 101 Coalition) has announced that it will appeal the grant of summary judgment to the Governor on its...

10/2/2013

article Graton casino foes court Petalumans
(California) -- Leaders of a group suing to stop the Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park urged Petaluma-area residents Wednesday night to pressure their city...
article ABC7 News gets tour of new Graton Casino
(California) -- The wraps began coming off a controversial North Bay casino Wednesday. It's run by the Graton Rancheria Indian Tribe and still doesn't open for a...
article Embattled North Bay casino opens doors for a preview
(California) -- Greg Sarris said he didn't want just a "tent in the field." With his tribe's 340,000-square-foot Graton Resort and Casino set to open...
article Hard Hat Tour of Graton Casino and Resort
(California) -- Opening Nov. 5 with 12 restaurants, here’s a first peek at what’s to come.
article New North Bay mega-casino offers a sneak peak
(California) -- Opening day is still more than month away, but on Wednesday Graton Resort & Casino opened its doors to the media for the first look inside a project...

10/1/2013

article Signatures submitted to county registrars
(California) -- Opponents of a proposed Central Valley tribal casino submitted hundreds of thousands of petition signatures Tuesday seeking to qualify a November 2014...
article Graton casino watchdog group turns focus to other casinos
(California) -- A group opposing the Graton Casino is turning its attention to other potential casinos in Sonoma County. With the Graton Resort and Casino scheduled to...

9/30/2013

article Graton Casino starts multimillion dollar advertising campaign
(California) -- The Graton Resort & Casino near Rohnert Park today will launch a multimedia advertising campaign estimated to cost millions of dollars.

9/27/2013

article Casino set to open Nov. 5, seeks dealers
(California) -- Paying tuition for a college education to help out your son or daughter is expensive. We’ve all read true stories, whether it’s Sonoma State...

9/23/2013

article What will Graton casino mean for region's big tribal gaming?
(California) -- Local casino operators are waiting to see what happens when the new $800 million Graton Resort and Casino opens in Rohnert Park in November.

9/21/2013

article Casino restaurants to open Nov. 5
(California) -- Mark your calendar for Nov. 5. That’s slated to be the opening day for the dozen or so restaurants opening at the Graton Resort and Casino in...

9/20/2013

article $800 Million Graton Resort & Casino to Open Nov. 5
(California) -- The Graton Resort & Casino, the $800 million, 320,000-square-foot casino at 630 Park Court in Rohnert Park, is set to open at 10 a.m. on Nov. 5,...

9/19/2013

article First look: Sonoma's $800 million casino
(California) -- Sonoma's Graton Resort & Casino is nearing completion of its $800 million, 320,000-square-foot property in Rohnert Park, creating hundreds of...
article Rohnert Park casino set to open Nov. 5
(California) -- The $800 million Graton Resort & Casino will open for business Tuesday, Nov. 5, casino officials announced Thursday. What will be the Bay Area's...
article Station Casinos announces Northern California project will open Nov. 5
(California) -- An $800 million Indian casino project, located roughly 45 minutes north of San Francisco and being built and managed by Station Casinos, will open Nov. 5.

9/3/2013

article Alumna sparks casino opposition movement
(California) -- A long time ago, in the lands now known as Sonoma and Marin Counties, the Coast Miwok and South Pomo Native-American tribes roamed and inhabited their...

9/2/2013

article Graton Rancheria wields growing influence as opening of Rohnert Park casino nears
(California) -- The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, a landless tribe eight years ago, now stands on the verge of great wealth as it readies to open the Bay Area...

8/31/2013

article Graton Resort and Casino Marketing Train rolls on
(California) -- GratonWith the casino getting closer to competition, a full marketing tour has been kicked off that has the aptly named, “Graton-mobile”...

8/30/2013

article RP extends unwanted business moratorium
(California) -- Back in July of this year, Rohnert Park’s City Council gave itself 45 days to see if a moratorium on certain businesses aiming to build in the city...

8/27/2013

article Graton Resort and Casino to open late fall
(California) -- If you find yourself with some free time on your hands, the $800 million dollar Graton Resort and Casino has plans to open late this fall. The location...

8/22/2013

article $800 Million Graton Resort & Casino Unveils Sign, Eyes 'Late 2013' Opening
(California) -- The Graton Resort & Casino continued its publicity blitz in advance of its opening later this year, unveiling the sign this week at the $800 million...

8/17/2013

article Patrons of Rohnert Park casino will enter new legal world while visiting
(California) -- Certain things are sure to happen to some of the tens of thousands of people expected to stream into the Graton Resort & Casino after it opens later...

8/10/2013

article New Indian casino in Madera County could head to statewide ballot
(California) -- A decision on a a new Indian gaming casino could allow a tribe to build a $200 million casino along Highway 99 near Avenue 18. It would be California...
article Graton Resort And Casino Receives First Slot Machine
(California) -- The Graton Resort & Casino in Rohnert Park conducted a special ceremony welcoming the first slot machine into the facilities on Friday morning.

8/9/2013

article Graton Resort and Casino begins moving in slot machines
(California) -- The new casino in Rohnert Park is within weeks of announcing an official opening date, staff said Friday. “We still aiming for fall of this year,...
article RP launches casino hotline, website
(California) -- On May 28, Rohnert Park’s City Council approved a proposal from Assistant City Manager Darrin Jenkins to organize a Casino Operational Impact...

8/8/2013

article Coffeegrounds: Got concerns about casino? Call city hall
(California) -- THIS CASINO IMPACT Mitigation plan RP Assistant City Manager Darrin Jenkins is heading up can easily launch a thousand slips of the tongue.

8/7/2013

article Mailbag: Casino-related road work in Rohnert Park
(California) -- Question: Do you know if Stony Point in both North and South Directions are going to be affected at Wilfred thru October 2013? I came North today and had...

8/6/2013

article RP casino, 7,000 applications, 2,500 jobs
(California) -- While hospitality and tourism already has been a bright spot in hiring this year across the North Bay, Sonoma County will likely see a significant jump...

8/4/2013

article Graton tribal chairman Greg Sarris echoes Petaluma's opposition to feared casino
(California) -- The Petaluma City Council has a strange bedfellow in its effort to prevent the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians from building a casino on pasture...

8/3/2013

article Rohnert Park Casino Clears Legal Hurdle
(California) -- There will be no trial. There will be a casino. A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by opponents of the tribal casino being built outside of Rohnert...

8/1/2013

article Judge dismisses lawsuit seeking to stop Rohnert Park casino
(California) -- A Sonoma County judge on Thursday dealt a serious blow to opponents of the tribal casino being built outside Rohnert Park, tossing out a lawsuit aimed at...

7/29/2013

article Tribe to open huge California casino
(California) -- The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Tribe is on schedule to open a huge casino resort in Rohnert Park, California, US, before the end of this year.

7/26/2013

article The Graton Godzilla Invades San Francisco Bay
(California) -- The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Tribe is on track to soon open its huge casino and resort in Rohnert Park, California, at a site adjacent to U....

7/25/2013

article RP biz moratorium wins approval / Massage establishments removed from list of ‘negative’ businesses
(California) -- Rohnert Park’s City Council voted 4-0 on Tuesday, July 23, to approve a set of interim emergency ordinances dealing with businesses attracted by...

7/21/2013

article Rohnert Park casino's impact on existing gaming halls debated
(California) -- The opening later this year of the Graton Rancheria’s huge casino in Rohnert Park holds the promise of economic betterment for its 1,300 tribal...

7/20/2013

article Casino Row? Sonoma County Facing Multiple Tribal Casinos, All in Cities
(California) -- Sonoma County is facing an unprecedented situation: the prospect of five to six tribal casinos stretching along the 101 corridor, all of them in or...

7/13/2013

article Do Local Businesses Oppose the Graton Casino?
(California) -- Hey Rohnert Park, are you ready for a casino in your own back yard? Graton Resort and Casino is set to open its doors in November and many have applied...

7/12/2013

article RP to limit ‘negative’ businesses
(California) -- Rohnert Park’s City Council took action Tuesday night this week to approve establishing a 45-day moratorium on taxicab applications and the setting...

7/11/2013

article It’s Pat Brown Vs. Jerry Brown in Rohnert Park Casino Lawsuit
(California) -- Recently discovered documents have revealed that the position of Governor Jerry Brown is diametrically opposed to that of his father, former Governor Pat...

7/8/2013

article $800 million Sonoma Casino hits restaurant jackpot
(California) -- The $800 million Graton Resort & Casino in Sonoma Valley’s Rohnert Park has revealed its food lineup and the selection is hot.
article New Sonoma Casino Gets Tony's Pizza, M.Y. China, New Douglas Keane Concept
(California) -- The upcoming Graton Resort & Casino, due to open this fall in Rohnert Park, has just announced an impressive lineup of food vendors which are sure to...

7/6/2013

article Graton Resort and Casino to include restaurants from Martin Yan, Douglas Keane, La Fondita family
(California) -- The family behind a longtime Roseland restaurant with humble origins and one of Sonoma County's most prominent chefs will be among those running...

7/1/2013

article Rohnert Park 'invests' in sewers
(California) -- Rohnert Park will use its entire fund for public facilities -- which consists of a one-time payment from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria -- to...

6/20/2013

article Editorial: RP city council really mangles ‘crisis’ label
(California) -- NOBODY ASKED ME IF my pocket-handkerchief was sodden with sympathetic tears while watching Rohnert Park’s City Council approve a new budget last...

5/30/2013

article Casino dominates discussion at RP town hall meeting
(California) -- Third District Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane and Rohnert Park Mayor Pam Stafford were the only two up front where the microphones were at a Town...
article RP council OK’s casino mitigation pact
(California) -- How does a city prepare itself for a situation it has never faced in its 50-year history? The situation is the casino with Federated Indians of Graton...

5/28/2013

article Casino's Full Impact? We Have No Idea, Say City Pols
(California) -- The city has received the first payment from the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, money that will be spent mitigating the impacts of the new casino...
article Rohnert Park faces great unknown when casino opens Nov. 1
(California) -- Rohnert Park officials are scrambling to prepare for a great unknown that has been years in arriving — what will happen when a 24-hour, 3,000-slot-...

5/22/2013

article Residents Rage Over Casino at Town Hall Meeting
(California) -- The Graton Resort & Casino, scheduled to open this November, surfaced as a top issue at a Wednesday night town hall meeting organized by Mayor Pam...
article Rohnert Park casino training potential dealers
(California) -- Vince Rooks stood in the dealer’s spot and released two stacks of blue-backed playing cards into each other, the cards whirring faintly as they...

5/20/2013

article Judge Tosses Suit By Anti-Casino Group
(California) -- The suit against Rohnert Park filed by a group opposed to the Graton Rancheria Casino & Resort has been thrown out by a Sonoma County Superior Court...

5/16/2013

article Suit against Calif. Indian casino dismissed
(California) -- A judge has dismissed a lawsuit by opponents of a Native American casino under construction in Northern California.

5/15/2013

article Casino opponents' lawsuit against Rohnert Park dismissed
(California) -- A lawsuit filed against Rohnert Park by opponents of the Indian casino under construction outside the city has been dismissed in court.

5/9/2013

article Share your thoughts: Rohnert Park casino hiring to affect job market?
(California) -- In less than a year’s time, Sonoma County will be home to the Bay Area’s largest casino, a prospect that has some people and businesses...

5/6/2013

article Casino operator hires for full house upon opening
(California) -- Joe Hasson is the newly appointed general manager of the Graton Resort & Casino currently being constructed by the Federated Indians of Graton...

4/26/2013

article Big changes are due for ‘rural’ Wilfred Avenue
(California) -- Not many Rohnert Park residents drive along Wilfred Avenue except for single-family homeowners and ranchers. The pending arrival of the Graton Tribe...

4/22/2013

article Casino Kicks Off Hiring Frenzy
(California) -- The Mountain Shadows Shopping Center has not exactly been a hub of activity ever since Pacific Market left.
article Future Rohnert Park casino to hire nearly 2,000 employees
(California) -- The Graton Resort and Casino that is currently in the process of being built in Rohnert Park off the 101 Freeway has begun its hiring process as they are...
article Hopes high as thousands apply for Rohnert Park casino jobs
(California) -- In a small building in a shopping plaza on Rohnert Park's east side, Phantasia Gabriel nursed her dreams, which lay across Highway 101 at the fast-...

4/18/2013

article Cotati-Rohnert Park schools ponder annual $1 million tribal donation
(California) -- Officials at cash-strapped Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District are pondering how to spend $1 million a year that the Federated Indians of Graton...

4/16/2013

article Indian casino at Rohnert Park expects to hire 2,000
(California) -- Operators of a Las Vegas-size casino/resort scheduled to open late this year in Sonoma County expect to fill about 2,000 positions with job seekers...

4/15/2013

article New casino may hire as many as 2,000
(California) -- A new $800 million casino and resort to open later this year in Rohnert Park in Sonoma County is expected to hire as many as 2,000 workers.
article Now Hiring: Casino Opens Up Application Process
(California) -- The Graton Rancheria Resort & Casino is hiring and set to start interviewing prospective candidates today, Monday, the Press Democrat is reporting.
article Sonoma County casino to hire 2,000 people
(California) -- Graton Resort & Casino, an $800 million complex scheduled to open late this year in the Sonoma County community of Rohnert Park, has begun accepting...

4/14/2013

article Hiring process begins Monday for Rohnert Park casino positions
(California) -- The Graton Resort & Casino is to start interviewing for dealers and security personnel Monday, another sign that the $800 million project on the...
article Taxi drivers hoping for Rohnert Park casino boom
(California) -- From his property just west of Rohnert Park, Danny Nakash has watched with anticipation the rapid rise of the casino being built by the Federated Indians...

4/8/2013

article City Manager Talks Budget, Casino and Why Rohnert Park Can't Afford to Reopen the M Pool
(California) -- Last week, Patch sat down with Rohnert Park City Manager Gabe Gonzalez to discuss the casino, the budget deficit and address some of the questions...

4/5/2013

article Graton Rancheria tribe's growth likely limited
(California) -- The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria's constitution, and recent changes made to it, are a partial map to how the tribe has evolved as a body...
article Graton Rancheria's disenrollment rules defy trend
(California) -- As bitter membership disputes roil many California tribes with casinos, the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria has moved to avoid such problems by...

3/30/2013

article Millions at stake as RP-area fire agencies weigh how to divvy casino payouts
(California) -- Talks are under way about how three fire agencies should divide a one-time $1.5 million payment that the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria is giving...

3/28/2013

article Rohnert Park council OKs revised Graton Rancheria casino MOU
(California) -- The contrast told the story. A decade ago, a noisy, tumultuous crowd of 350 mostly opposed to the casino nearly packed Spreckels’ main theater when...

3/26/2013

article Rohnert Park signs new casino compact, gets $40 million more
(California) -- Rohnert Park and the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria have agreed to a new revenue-sharing deal worth $40 million more than one they signed in 2003...

3/21/2013

article Property Values Around Casino Site Skyrocketing
(California) -- Station Casinos, the Las Vegas developer of the Rohnert Park casino, has spent more than $17 million to purchase land in the surrounding area, according...

3/20/2013

article Santa Rosa job fair draws hundreds
(California) -- A dozen employers, including Rohnert Park's Graton Resort and Casino, on Wednesday drew several hundred job seekers to a Santa Rosa employment fair...
article The Big Winners: Those owning land adjacent to the new Rohnert Park casino sitting on a real estate jackpot
(California) -- Striking it rich at a casino might seem like a long shot to many, but it's a reality for landowners adjacent to the gambling palace under...

3/12/2013

press release Lawsuit challenging gambling Compact with CA tribe set for trial
(California) -- Stop the Casino 101 Coalition’s (STC101) legal challenge to Governor Brown’s gambling Compact with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria...

3/6/2013

article Lawsuit seeking to block Rohnert Park casino to go to trial
(California) -- A lawsuit against Gov. Jerry Brown that challenges the legal status of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria's reservation outside Rohnert Park...

2/25/2013

article RP casino shows off look as ’13 opening looms
(California) -- Station Casinos recently unveiled early drawings of the forthcoming Graton Resort & Casino, offering a glimpse of what the $800 million project will...

2/15/2013

article Station Casinos unveils images of the $800 million Graton Resort in Northern California
(California) -- Station Casinos unveiled the first images last week of the $800 million Graton Resort & Casino near Santa Rosa, Calif.
article Road to casino getting smooth / RP invokes powers of eminent domain on Wilfred Avenue
(California) -- There was a palpable sense of urgency Tuesday night in Rohnert Park’s City Hall when the city council approved slicing off about 35 feet of land...

2/14/2013

article Road to casino getting smooth
(California) -- There was a palpable sense of urgency Tuesday night in Rohnert Park’s City Hall when the city council approved slicing off about 35 feet of land...

2/12/2013

article Rohnert Park begins eminent domain proceedings to widen road to casino
(California) -- Rohnert Park on Tuesday asserted its power of eminent domain, finding it is in the public's interest to condemn and purchase parts of several...
article RP Casino Begins To Take Shape
(California) -- North Bay residents can get a sneak peek of the future Graton Resort and Casino outside Rohnert Park just by clicking their computer mouse. The developer...
article Station Casinos unveils Graton Resort & Casino design
(California) -- The future shape of gambling in Sonoma County gained greater detail Monday as Station Casinos released the first official drawings of the enormous Indian...
article Tribe Unveils Casino Design
(California) -- Graton chairman says he wanted something tasteful and in tune with surrounding Sonoma County landscape; Casino scheduled to open this fall

2/11/2013

article Station Casinos unveils Graton Resort & Casino design
(California) -- Station Casinos on Monday released drawings of what the enormous Las Vegas-style Indian casino under construction now outside Rohnert Park will look like...

2/9/2013

article Rohnert Park may use eminent domain to widen road near casino
(California) -- Rohnert Park may use its eminent domain powers to acquire parts of several properties needed to widen Wilfred Avenue to accommodate the huge Indian...

1/25/2013

article RP faces difficult housing dilemma
(California) -- The subject of affordable housing in Rohnert Park hasn’t been discussed very much at the city council level these past few months. But it arose at...

1/22/2013

press release Local Union workers lose promised casino construction jobs to out-of-state labor
(California) -- Graton Rancheria’s promises to Sonoma County union workers have been dashed by lay-offs of local union members as out-of-area workers are being...

1/19/2013

article Neighbors of Rohnert Park casino want wells monitored
(California) -- For immediate neighbors of the Indian casino being built on the edge of Rohnert Park, worries about the project’s impacts have been underlined by...

1/14/2013

article Graton Resort and Casino project proceeds despite opposition
(California) -- In roughly a year’s time, Sonoma County will be home to the Bay Area’s largest casino, a prospect that has some people and businesses...

1/9/2013

article Graton Rancheria marks topping-off for $825M gaming facility
(California) -- The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria of California is on track to open its $825 million gaming facility by the end of this year, The North Bay...

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