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What Do You Think of the Proposed Casino?

Readers weigh in on Vegas-style casino and resort. What do you think? Tell us in the comments.

In the week since for a proposed Vegas-style casino and resort on the outskirts of Rohnert Park — giving the green light for the Federated Indians of the Graton Rancheria to build —  the public is talking. I've overheard conversations at coffee shops, at restaurants and in local grocery stores, and the message is mixed.

Some are excited, and say the casino will brighten the local economy — it'll bring investment, tourism and spark new business in Rohnert Park. Some fret an increase in crime and traffic; others are wary about how the casino deal was passed, and others are concerned about the harm on the environment here. ()

We invite the public to weigh in on the casino. Tell us how you feel in the comments or send your letter to the editor by emailing angela.hart@patch.com. Here's what one reader had to say:

We are totally against the graton casino proposed on our boarder. 

Neighborhoods soon degrade, car thefts rise exponentially, homeless gambling addicts sleep in yards and store fronts because their lives have been torn apart by the product at hand, fine businesses are replaced with pawn shops, auto pawn shops and quick cash stores.  

This casino entrance according to transcripts is scheduled to be on Wilfred Ave now known as Golf Course Drive West allowing traffic to pass by Honeybee Pool and park and within 125 feet of Hahn Elementary School (so much for safe rides/walks to school) when the interchange is completed. We have talked to and visited Highland, Calif. in So Cal where all of the above happened to their community when a casino was dumped in their back yard. 

The gentleman I talked to had a sister who’s car was stolen two times within weeks. Usually this happens when a losing patron runs out of gas and has to get from point a to point b. 

We witness their devastaion. Those living near Golf Course Dr. interchange will have all this to look forward to. The casino should be called Feinsteinville (i.e. Pottersville vs. Bedford Falls in ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’).  

Thank you, Linda M. Long

Editor's note: Gov. Jerry Brown signed a tribal-state gaming contract compact last Friday with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria to operate a casino outside Rohnert Park city limits. The compact, which allows 3,000 slot machines, must still be approved by the state Legislature and Department of the Interior.

robert aherne May 24, 2012 at 09:48 PM
You will get your chance when the neon lights go on and you have trouble getting home from work. Have fun Cal. Bob Aherne
Pat Comstock May 25, 2012 at 06:18 PM
A differing perspective worth repeating with all of the nimby repeats... From a California history website: http://www.militarymuseum.org/FtBragg.html “There are several parties of citizens now engaged in stealing or taking by force Indian children from the district in which I have been ordered to operate against the Indians,” reported Lieutenant Edward Dillon, commander of the Fort Bragg field detachment. “As many as 40 or 50 Indian children have been taken…This brutal trade is calculated to produce retaliatory depredations on the part of the Indians…These men keep the Indians constantly on the alert, attacking and chasing them before us and following in our wake for the purpose of obtaining children.”…Captain J. B. Moore relayed the report that a settler “took a child from a squaw who happened to be a little to the rear of the party, tied it to a tree, and shot it.”
Cal Watkins May 26, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Yes Bob, I will get my chance to deal with "Traffic" just like I do when ever I go anywhere in the bay area....should we outlaw Pumpkin Patches that cause traffic to clog up for miles, or outlaw commuters who daily clog highway for miles, or outlaw snowbirds who constantly clog highways for miles coming back from the sierras? Maybe we should outlaw all the fast food places and convenience stores and auto dealers and pretty much anybody and everything that has a presence in this "pristine community" i mean after all there is something everywhere that somebody will not like that they think shouldn't be there.....where does it end? Again I go back to what was approved by elected officials...if people don't like what projects are approved by those who were duly elected by our voting process...vote them out...if a majority vote in a candidate that does what he or she is elected to do then those voters will be happy...I think it is called something like democratic process....all may not like the result but it is the framework in which we live...
John Burke June 12, 2012 at 02:23 AM
I am all for it !!!!! The casino has promised an amazing amount of money to go directly to our city. This could go to help our school system, for those who don't know, this sleepy little comfort town you all speak of is going to hell in a hand basket as far as our schools are concerned, Also our park systems could use a little upgrade as well as our roads fire dept and police. I would also like to know if all of you who oppse the casino are going to reach further in your pockets to help pay the money that the city will get from the casino? Oh yeah, to the person who was mentioning the fact the vineyard owners were finding condoms on there property due to the number of prostitutes at River rock Casino up the street, Have you played golf at fox tail golf course ? You find them all over the Tee boxes. Kids will be kids. As far as allowing the casino, Im pretty sure the rule of thumb is if they by the land , and have an agreement with the state government to operate, I don't think your going to stop it. Take the money!! Geyserville tried to stop River rock, in return they got none of the money being offered.
Janice Raridon June 14, 2012 at 01:19 AM
I wonder why, if the Indian Casino is on Indian land and is an "Independant Nation" not subject to our government and laws and therefore not required to pay tax dollars to our city or state... why is RP required to furnish police, fire, water and sewage services? Shouldn't this Independant Nation provide their own services? Build a well and a sewage plant on their land, hire and train their own police and fire departments, and require all visitors to hold a valid passport. Anyone that believes that Rohnert Park will realize a long term benefit from the casino is mistaken. Even the funds promised to the city by the casino, to get the "elected officials" to agree, are only promised for twenty years, does that mean in twenty years they will close? Or does anyone not realize after twenty years those funds go away but our "required services" will then be free to them. To repsond to the "fear" element I can only say... It is not fear, it is a life lesson, "waiting until the damage is done to decide a bad decision was made" is exactly what we try to teach our children NOT to do. Should we tell them to forget results, forget the future, go for the easy fix now. Apparently today, the ends justify the means, something my parent taught me was wrong, is now the new right. It is very sad to see our bedroom community come to this. Most of the residents in RP would have bought a home in Reno or Vega had they wanted to live near a "Vegas style Casino".

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