Tribe, investment group seek to build giant casino near Gilroy,
As reported by The Knight Ridder/Tribune Business
-- A small Indian tribe from the Central Valley and a San Jose-based
investment group is pitching a giant casino resort south of Gilroy,
hoping to exploit a 250-mile long corridor along California's central
coast where they would face no competition.
and their attorneys have met in recent weeks with several San Benito
and Santa Clara County supervisors and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's
top Indian gaming negotiator in an effort to build support among
decision-makers before going public with their plans.
They have not
said how big a facility they plan to build, but suggested it would
be "competitive" with the 2,000-slot machine casinos that
have become typical in the state. They also want to build a 200-
to 300-room hotel, an entertainment complex and other recreational
To move forward,
the tribe would have to get the approval of the governor, who has
indicated he would grant it only with wide local support for the
casino. The tribe also may have to resolved an ongoing dispute over
control within its ranks.
promoters said they have not yet optioned any land for the development,
but are looking at several locations along the Highway 25 corridor
on both sides of the Santa Clara/San Benito County line.
Led by Kirk
Rossmann, 57, a former San Jose businessman now living in Incline
Village, Nev., the investors otherwise have not been identified.
Rossmann, who formed a corporation called Game Won, LLC, in March
to control the development, said he would reveal their identities
after receiving permission to do so.
director of Heritage Commerce Corp whose family had owned American
Welding Supply, a San Jose supplier of industrial gas, said the
casino would provide between 1,500 and 3,000 new jobs to the community
and he views it as the best economic-development opportunity available
for the region.
There are no
federally recognized Indian tribes in Santa Clara or San Benito
counties that would have the rights to build a casino under federal
law and Proposition 1A, which California voters approved four years
ago to allow Indian casinos. But the federal Indian Gaming Regulatory
Act allows landless tribes to find a location for a casino outside
their historic tribal territory if they receive the consent of the
of the tribe and the investment group have met twice with Peter
Siggins, Schwarzenegger's legal affairs secretary and negotiator
on tribal compacts.