The La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians is moving ahead with plans to build a casino south of Palomar Mountain, tribal officials said Tuesday. This will be the fourth casino in the North San Diego County area.
The 700-member La Jolla band previously ran a 30-machine slot arcade, once San Diego County's smallest tribal gaming operation, in a convenience store next to Highway 76. The arcade opened in 2002 but was overshadowed by larger neighboring casinos at the Pala and Rincon reservations and closed about a year ago.
The La Jolla band in 2004 announced a $25 million deal to expand its gaming operation with a Texas-based management firm called Nevada Gold. Under the state government's compacts, the La Jolla tribe's plans to have 500 slots will push it into the ranks of tribes that do not get revenue-sharing funds from other tribes. Might be more benficial to have 450 machines.