There’s a heady bouquet of acrimony emanating from the Napa Valley at the minute, where winemakers are turning claret with rage over the possibility of a casino besmirching their fertile soil and lush areas.
The casino may participate a long-term aspiration for the Mishewal Wappo Tribe of Native Us citizens, for whom the Napa Valley is a historical homeland, which can be currently suing the US federal government for federal recognition. The Wappo leaders are trying to restore the federal status they lost under the California Rancheria Termination Act of 1958, which especially affected small tribal groups in California.
Recognition would allow the tribe to circumvent zoning that is local to pursue financial development, which would theoretically allow it to build a casino without seeking approval from the community. California currently has 65 gambling enterprises operated by 64 various tribes.
In accordance with a report by Los Angeles-based Beacon Economics, tribal gaming supports about 56,000 jobs in California and, in 2012, their state’s casino workers took home $2.9 billion in wages.
Casino Would ‘Upset Agricultural Balance’
But the problem by having a casino amongst the world-famous vineyards of the Napa Valley, as the vintners point out, is that a Napa County legal ordinance offers priority to ‘agricultural Continue reading “Vintners Oppose Napa Valley Casino. Some area vintners are upset”