Putting Elk Grove casino in empty mall may be best of bad options
California does not need another casino.
Casinos don’t create sustainable jobs or real economic development for cities. Some have been magnets for crime and for gambling addicts desperate for a jackpot.
But for all the unseemliness of casinos, the Wilton Rancheria Indian tribe is within its rights to pursue building one in Sacramento County. In 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, authorizing tribes to operate casinos so long as state law allowed them. In 2000, California voters approved Las Vegas-style casinos on Indian land. As much as we dislike casinos, the location – an ugly, half-built shopping mall off Highway 99 in Elk Grove – is not terrible.