City files lawsuit against Pechanga Band for casino agreement

The city of Temecula, California, made good on its threat to sue the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians over a gaming agreement.

The city is expecting $2 million a year from the tribe to address impacts of the Pechanga Resort & Casino. But the tribe hasn't paid because it is still negotiating a similar agreement with Riverside County.

"Although the City Council commonly uses litigation as a tool to conduct business, for Pechanga it is a very serious matter that is not taken lightly," Chairman Marc Macarro said in a statement. "It is not our tradition to solve issues through litigation. This approach has enabled us to become Temecula's top employer and largest economic contributor."

The lawsuit was filed in federal court.

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