An Assembly committee today had nothing but positive things to say about a casino agreement between the state and the Ramona Band of Cahuilla near Anza.
The compact, announced last month after 18 months of negotiations between the Riverside County tribe and the Brown administration, would allow the band to build a casino with up to 750 slot machines on its remote, off-the-grid reservation.
The deal also includes incentives designed to encourage the use of environmentally friendly practices. The tribe already gets all of its energy from solar and other renewable power systems.
“The Ramona Band of Cahuilla is especially pleased with the outcome of the compact negotiations, as the compact…provides the band with the means to become more self-reliant and self-sufficient,” tribal chairman Joseph Hamilton told the Assembly Governmental Organization Committee.
Jacob Appelsmith, a senior advisor to Gov. Jerry Brown, told the panel that the proposed casino is “truly a unique facility.”
Wednesday’s committee hearing was informational. The bill containing the compact, AB 1245, now goes to the Assembly floor for a ratification vote.