Marc Benjamin of the Fresno Bee has a story on plans for a new casino in Madera County:
Madera County supervisors reaffirmed their support Tuesday for the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians' plans for a $250 million casino and resort north of Madera.
Supervisors were compelled to weigh in after Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein questioned whether there is local support for the casino in a letter sent last month to Madera County leaders.
They voted 4-1 to send a letter outlining the steps the county has gone through over seven years to approve a site for the casino, which will have 2,500 slot machines.
The 305-acre site next to Highway 99 is 36 miles from the North Fork rancheria.
Supervisor David Rogers said he voted against the letter to Feinstein because he opposes gambling, not the tribe.
The supervisors' letter said the casino will create thousands of jobs in a community beset by 14.4% unemployment and pump up to $50 million into the local economy each year in the sales of products and services.
Chukchansi opposes Casino
North Fork Rancheria has other issues