Today, the Stop the Casino 101 Coalition and Petaluma City Councilmember Mike Healy released the results of a flash poll taken over the weekend on public sentiment towards the proposed mega-casino in Sonoma County.
They called on the Legislature to listen to these finding and refuse to ratify the proposed compact between the Governor and the Graton tribe.
The poll directly contradicts casino supporters' claims that the majority of area residents support the casino. The flash poll, which covered five zip codes including Petaluma, Rohnert Park, Southwest Santa Rosa and Penngrove, found 68% of local residents oppose the project. The poll surveyed over 5,400 residents.
"The Governor has fast-tracked this. The Senate will have a hearing tomorrow. We thought it was important to bring the voice of the people to Sacramento as effectively as we could," said Pastor Chip Worthington, founder of Stop the Casino 101 Coalition (STC101).
"It's simple. Local opposition is vast. Few support this project. We need the Legislature to put the brakes on this," added Pastor Worthington.
In 2003, the Graton Rancheria proposed a 350,000 square foot casino with 1,500 slot machines. That project has now grown to 540,000 square feet with 3,000 slot machines. It will be the largest commercial project in Sonoma County's history, and the state's first urban casino.