SUPERVISOR DIANNE JACOB
DATE: September 20, 2000
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COUNTY, TRIBES TACKLE ISSUES OF MUTUAL CONCERN
Supervisors Work with Tribal Leaders On Impacts of Gaming, Other Common Issues
County supervisors met with leaders of 13 of the region's 17 Indian Tribes today in an unprecedented gathering that addressed a variety of issues, including impacts that planned gaming facilities will have on traffic, the environment, economic development and public health and safety.
The three-hour meeting at the downtown County Administration Center was seen as a first step in an ongoing process of communication and cooperation between the County, local Tribal Nations and other government agencies. Federal, state and city officials also took part in today's conference.
"It's exciting to see the close working relationship that is forming between the County and Tribal leaders that began with today's historic meeting," said Chairwoman Dianne Jacob of the Board of Supervisors. "There are a number of issues we need to address together, and we want to build on the foundation of mutual trust and cooperation. I have no doubt that in the future, this partnership we've initiated will pay huge dividends."
With the passage of Proposition 1A in March, and the approval of many Tribal-state gaming compacts, it won't be long before several more gaming and resort facilities are built. In fact, several Tribes have broken ground or are in the planning stages for their gaming facilities. Both the County and the Tribes are taking a proactive and cooperative look at economic, land use, traffic and planning issues that could impact residents and casino patrons.
As an outgrowth of today's meeting, Supervisors Jacob and Bill Horn will form a working group with Tribal leaders to identify common problems and discuss solutions on an ongoing basis. Jacob also said that on Oct. 10, she will seek board support for the creation of a Tribal Liaison position within County government to work directly with Tribal officials.