The proposed Wilton Rancheria Casino cleared another hurdle today when it was announced that the State of California and Governor Brown had reached an agreement with the tribe on a gaming compact. The compact must now be ratified by the legislature. That is expected to happen. The casino has the backing of Assemblyman Jim Cooper of Elk Grove, who had previously said he would push for approval.
This is the second hurdle this week the casino and the Wilton Rancheria Tribe has cleared. On Monday the acting Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs denied an appeal by a California group seeking to stop the casino project. The group has challenged the approval of the transfer of land into a trust by a previous acting Assistant Secretary.
The proposed casino still faces a lawsuit filed by several Elk Grove residents, and Stand Up California, a group fighting the casino has promised to continue trying to stop the casino.
Construction on the casino could begin in 2019 with completion in 2021. The casino will cost $400 million. The location of the proposed casino is next to Elk Grove’s yet to be completed shopping mall. A sign posted in the property says the mall will open in the fall of 2018.