There’s a heady bouquet of acrimony emanating from the Napa Valley at the moment, where winemakers are turning claret with rage within the possibility of a casino besmirching their fertile soil and lush industries.
The casino may participate an ambition that is long-term the Mishewal Wappo Tribe of Native Us americans, for whom the Napa Valley is a historical homeland, that is currently suing the US federal government for federal recognition. The Wappo leaders are wanting to restore the federal status they lost beneath the California Rancheria Termination Act of 1958, which specially affected small tribal groups in California.
Recognition would enable the tribe to circumvent local zoning and to pursue financial development, which would theoretically allow it to create a casino without seeking approval from the community. California presently has 65 gambling enterprises operated by 64 different tribes.
According to a research by Los Angeles-based Beacon Economics, tribal gaming supports about 56,000 jobs in California and, in 2012, the state’s casino workers took home $2.9 billion in wages.
Casino Would ‘Upset Agricultural Balance’
But the issue with a casino amongst the world-famous vineyards of the Napa Valley, as the vintners point out, is that a Napa County legal ordinance offers priority to ‘agricultural lan Continuez la lecture