Buena Vista casino — County might still appeal

Martha Shaver, county counsel for Amador County, told me today that county officials are still discussing whether to appeal the recent dismissal, after four years, of the county’s suit against the U.S. Department of the Interior over Interior’s role in allowing a tribal casino project on land near Camanche reservoir. Shaver said that the Washington D.C.-based attorney helping Amador with its case does not agree with the judge’s interpretation of another case that supposedly set precedent for the dismissal.

But could any county legal action at this point stop the casino? John Tang, CEO for the Buena Vista Rancheria of Me-Wuk Indians said he expects to begin construction this summer and finish by the fall of 2010. The last time Amador County went to court, it took four years and the result was a dismissal. The county never even got to argue its reason for believing that the casino site is not legitimate Indian land for gaming purposes.

“If they appeal, by the time they get a ruling, we’d have the casino built,” Tang said.

And by the time it is built, Amador County would be receiving $8 million a year in revenue from the casino.

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