Casino Resort to be Built in Elk Grove by Sacramento Area Tribe
In October, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that allowed plans by the Wilton Rancheria Miwok tribe to build a large casino near Sacramento in Elk Grove. The bill, Assembly Bill 1606, ratifies a tribal-state gaming compact between the Wilton Rancheria and the state that allows the tribe to turn a 36-acre patch of tribal land in Elk Grove along Highway 99 in Sacramento County into a casino resort. The plans call for a 608,756-square-foot facility that includes a 110,260-square-foot gaming floor, a 12-story 302-room hotel, pool, spa, convention center, along with six restaurants and bars. Assemblyman Jim Cooper (D-Elk Grove), who authored the bill, stated,
For the tribe, the compact marks a big step toward providing the level of independence and support its more than 750 members deserve. The project will mean scholarships, health care, housing and other benefits for a tribe with an unemployment rate above 60 percent, a median income well below the poverty line and college graduation rate near 14 percent.
Many are seeing the move to allow the casino resort as a win for many people. Apparently, the Wilton Rancheria tribe has struggled for decades. The tribe’s federal recognition was stripped in 1958 and was not restored until 2009. The state estimates that the casino project will create 1,600 construction jobs and another 1,750 full-time jobs. The Wilton Rancheria also agreed to invest more than $180 million over the next 20 years to invest in schools, improve traffic, and increase public safety. Hopefully everything goes well for the Wilton Rancheria Miwok tribe and the residents of Elk Grove.