Court won't hear appeal over Scotts Valley Band casino deal

The California Supreme Court declined to a hear a case that challenges a casino agreement between the city of Richmond and the Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians.

The city agreed to provide municipal services to the tribe's casino. The tribe would pay the city an estimated $335 million over the course of the 20-year deal.

Some local groups challenged the agreement, saying the city failed to conduct an environmental review of the casino. In a February 24 decision, an appeals court said the casino does not meet the definition of a "project" under the California Environmental Quality Act because the site is not actually within city boundaries.

"In our view, the Tribe's casino development does not constitute a 'project' of the City under CEQA because the City has no legal authority over the property upon which the casino will be situated," the court said. The 29.87-acre site sits adjacent to the city, the decision stated.

The Scotts Valley Band is based about 100 miles north of Richmond.

Get the Story:
State court won't block casino near Richmond (The San Francisco Chronicle 5/13)

Court Decision:
Parchester Village Council v. City of Richmond (February 24, 2010)

Earlier Stories:
Court upholds city's deal for Scotts Valley Band casino (2/26)
Scotts Valley Band hopes for casino approval this year (2/25)
Scotts Valley Band urged on casino closer to home (2/22)