Sat Oct 15 10am: CASINO in Joshua Tree proposal to be aired in community meeting by CFO of the Twentynine Palms Band of Mission Indians

We are very much against this proposal. Here’s an excerpt from a letter of comment from the Morongo Basin Conservation Association on the subject…

Many of you remember back in 2008 when developer Steven Katz tried to defend his plan for a huge housing development in the pristine Joshua Tree forest at the southeast corner of the Hwy. 62 and La Contenta, on the border between Yucca Valley and Joshua Tree.

The intensity and spirit of that meeting is what we hope will occur again when the chief financial officer of the Twentynine Palms Band of Mission Indians, Steve Gralla, visits Joshua Tree on Saturday, October 15, at 10:00 a.m. at the Joshua Tree Community Center to address the community’s concerns about the casino.

A map will be displayed, courtesy of the Morongo Basin Open Space Group, not only to specify the location, but also to note conservation priorities that have been determined by Morongo Basin community members for that land.

Please join your neighbors to hear the Tribe’s plans and state your concerns. The meeting is hosted by the Joshua Tree Community Association.

Links to recent news articles on this subject in the Hi-Desert Star:

Tribal leaders to talk about casino plans: September 26, 2011

Casino plans draw opposition from supervisor: August 3, 2011

Tribe eyes Joshua Tree for casino: July 30, 2011


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One Response to Sat Oct 15 10am: CASINO in Joshua Tree proposal to be aired in community meeting by CFO of the Twentynine Palms Band of Mission Indians

  1. Thomas says:

    Thanks for posting this info and the links. I am totally opposed to a casino in Joshua Tree. The negative impact that it would have on our community and the nature of our community would be devastating. If they achieve sovereign status for the land we have absolutely no say as to what goes on that land. No water use controls. No night sky ordinance controls (think brightly kit Jumbotron billboards). Increased traffic. No positive returns. I am asking everyone I know to be qt the meeting it to write into their representatives. It’s great to know that our rep Neil Derry is opposed. But it took community opposition to get it stopped in 29 Palms. Now they want to do it in the middle of JT. Let’s make sure this doesn’t happen.

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