The Native American tribe Redding Rancheria located in Shasta County, Northern California, has announced its plans to construct a new casino property which is going to be located on freeway frontage area. In the meantime, Speak Up! Shasta is a group which is actively opposing the tribe’s decision and they are in the process of collecting signatures of people who are against the building of the gambling venue and so far there have been as many as 200 people opposing the idea.
The said group has been active in the past as well and among the campaigns, it has in its records are strongly against an auto mall in 2007 as well as a shopping center which would have been built in the area of Churn Creek Bottom in 2012. This August saw the official beginning of a new campaign which targets the Native American tribe and its plans for constructing new gambling venue. According to Mike Madrid, who is a Principal Partner with GrassrootsLab, so far a number of signatures has been swelling with every day passed.
The Sacramento-listed communications consultant works with the group and it has partnered with the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians. The tribe is also opposing the idea for a new casino venue building. A fact which should be taken into account is that the Paskenta Band of Nomlaki Indians is currently operating the Rolling Hills Casino in Corning, and they might be against the new casino partly because of the effect it might have on their economic state and overall revenue level. If the Redding Rancheria tribe makes its casino venue a reality, the two gambling facilities will be located 45 minutes away from one another, since Rolling Hills is just off I-5.
New Casino Location in the Projects
As it could be recalled, this year saw the submission of plans for changing of location of the Win-River Casino which is operated by the Redding Rancheria. The new place for the casino venue is planned to be the west side of I-5 of the South Bonnyview Road interchange. According to the plans, the tribe is going to build a new integrated resort which will offer a casino venue spreading across 140,000 square feet, a hotel featuring 250 rooms available for booking, an event center as well as a convention center. It will also provide a retail center and spacious parking lots in Churn Creek Bottom.
Chris Carmona, who is a member of Churn Creek Bottom Homeowners and Friends, also stated that people still have time to submit their comments on the plans and nothing has been officially decided. The group too does not support the project for relocation and throughout the years the residents have been opposing various development projects in their neighborhood. For the time being it has been confirmed that the Redding Rancheria is taking such details as traffic concerns and transportation into account and it is considering a meeting with Advance Redding officials which are managing the 2,000-seat Redding Civic Auditorium since 2011. The meeting will target the concerns regarding the potential competition between the new event center and the already existing one.