“These decisions change the face of tribal gaming as we know it in California,” said political director of the California Tribal Business Alliance David Quintana. “They will create a new ‘gold rush’ as investors scramble to move tribes to the most profitable markets with many financially-strapped municipalities that will welcome them with open arms. If history taught us anything, it’s that gold rushes never benefit California’s tribes.”
According to Governor Brown, this is not an issue because the two approved casinos were in a unique situation and they followed local zoning laws.
The compacts that allow the new casinos may still be ratified by state legislators after the November elections.