Opinion: Barstow jumps back into off-reservation casino game

"With the announcement last week that Interior is going to conduct public hearings on long-stalled casino development in Barstow, California, the City is once again a prominent player in the next round of gaming in Southern California.

The latest development follows some ten years of continuous effort by the Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla & Cupeno Indians and Barstow to bring gaming to the high desert. There still is much to do, but the resilience of both the City and the tribal team has to be lauded, for nothing less than continuous persistence was required to bring the project to this point.

The project entered an active phase with the July 1 publication of a draft Environmental Impact Statement; the 75-day comment period commenced on that date, and the first public hearing was scheduled in Barstow for the evening of July 27."

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