Rohnert Park Casino Clears Legal Hurdle

A proposed Indian casino beat back a legal challenge.

By Chris Roberts
|  Friday, Aug 2, 2013  |  Updated 2:34 PM PDT
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The $800 million Rohnert Park casino has survived a legal challenge.

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There will be no trial. There will be a casino.

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit brought by opponents of the tribal casino being built outside of Rohnert Park, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

The judge's move cancels a trial on the suit that was scheduled to begin today, the newspaper reported.

The Stop The Casino 101 Coalition filed suit against Gov. Jerry Brown, whose office approved a contract with the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria to build a "Las Vegas-style casino" on a 254 acre parcel of land on a reservation at Wilfred Avenue, the newspaper reported.

Opponents say that the state has never officially ceded the land to to the tribal nation. That means it's still state land -- and that means that Nevada-style gaming is illegal, the newspaper reported.

The casino is now set to open as the Bay Area's biggest gambling hall, with 2,000 employees to operate 3,000 slot machines, the newspaper reported.

It's cost $800 million to date to develop the casino.

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