Most of those responding to this week’s online poll thought that the Dry Creek Band of Pomo Indians might still build a casino on their property south of Petaluma — about 58 percent. Another 35 percent thought the tribe was sincere in saying it is pursuing alternatives. About 7 percent weren’t sure.
Most also thought that local officials should be doing more to prevent a casino from being built on the land.
Here were some of the comments.
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“This was never historic Pomo land until they bought that property. That’s wrong right there. Any entity would be foolish to develop a casino within 75 miles of the new one in Rohnert Park. But there are plenty of things that the Dry Creek Pomos could do with water and sewer lines brought in from Petaluma. Like share with the proposed Dutra asphalt plant site for starters.”
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“Petaluma does not need a casino!”
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“I don’t have a problem with a casino south of Petaluma… as long as it is 100 miles south.”
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“Build it and they will come! Why should Rohnert Park get all the income and financial benefits? Make it conditional that they must build a Costco on site also! More tax money being lost to Rohnert Part and Novato.”
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“I’d like to see it happen just to watch the hand-wringing show at City Council and Planning Commission.”
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“I don’t plan to visit any of the casinos in the area. Other than any federal obligations/rights that may exist related to Native Americans, I think the federal government should not be involved.”
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“Please no casino! Rohnert Park is close enough if you want to lose your money.”