(Casino still planned for Calexico)….The project has been out of the news for some time.
Backers say it has been too long. The Mazanita Band of Kumeyaay Indians has been pushing for permission to construct an off reservation Casino for the past several years. They want to construct it at the corner of Jaspar Road and Highway 111. The Interior Department’s Bureau of Indian Affairs has had the application for some time. Backers are encouraged with the Bureau’s recent approval of two off-reservation casinos in Northern California. Now they are getting antsy. They are asking local officials to request the Bureau expedite their decision on the Calexico Casino. If the Bureau of Indian Affairs approves the application, the issue would go to the Governor’s office, to negotiate a compact. Once that is negotiated construction would begin. The City and County have backed the project, mainly because of the hundreds of local jobs expected to be created.