The Dangers of Slots
Thread: Indian Gaming in California
According to this op-ed from the North County Times, the California community of Temecula has suffered because of the nearby Pechanga tribal casino, and if the tribe gets more slots, things will only get worse:
"Southern Temecula neighborhoods are no longer quiet, calm or safe. Traffic roars down a deteriorated Pechanga Parkway. Inconsiderate drivers and traffic accidents have become commonplace. Sirens wail throughout the day and night. Twelve-foot-high sound walls don't stop the noise. Drunken drivers are common. Theft and vandalism have significantly increased. God forbid we have to evacuate because the two creeks that border our community flood, there is a dam failure at Vail Lake or there is an earthquake along the Elsinore Fault through southern Temecula."
The op-ed continues,
"To be fair, the Pechanga Indians have participated in efforts to minimize their traffic impacts. Petitioning the Bureau of Indian Affairs to provide some of the funding for the Pechanga Parkway Bridge, contributing $4.4 million to the Pechanga Parkway widening project and paying into the state Indian gaming fund. However, it's hard to imagine how the tribe could possibly mitigate the impacts from a tripling (or more) of traffic."