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Big Boomer

I really was hoping an idea I had posted at the Oregon Stadium Campaign would have been taken seriously by the guv, two or more years ago. Back then, the Grande Ronde tribe was willing to financially support the building of a baseball stadium with the agreement that they could build a casino in Portland too.

I suggested locating a mega fun site that all the tribes could be involved in somewhere South of the metro area (say half way to Salem). Casinos, bars, resturant, a water park, a amusement park (Six Flags type), all with a Oregon feel (Cascadian and native american).

I personnel didn't want the "pandora's box" to be opened for all Oregon tribes to be demanded casinos in Portland.

But now, all the tribes will want to have their own off-reservation casinos. They most likely will go to court over it.

Just think of what might have been, under the above plan we could have MLB Baseball without paying for it with taxes on beer and food at the ballpark, plus the state wouldn't need Senate Bill 5 (thats $100-150 million of tax revenue over 30 years going right into the general fund); businesses around the ballpark wouldn't be taxed; a world class amusement/casino complex within easy driving distance from Longview to Eugene; and the Gorge without 3 million visitors there for something other than sight seeing.

We are so short sighted. We have lost our edge, our vision.

BB

Mike Thelin

BB makes some great points. We could have had a free stadium, and I can't say I'm opposed to the idea of a casino actually in the Lloyd/Convention Center District as opposed to the suburbs. The District has almost no amenities for convention visitors--unless you count bottomless fries at Red Robin an amenity, and a casino would certainly help our flailing convention business in Portland without spoiling the natural beauty of the Gorge. Additionally, if a casino were housed in the Lloyd District, the PDC wouldn't have to use public money subsidize the proposed convention center hotel, and the District might actually see the economic revitalization that was supposed to occur when the Rose Garden was built. What are we afraid of? I agree with Brian that the casino should be required to have a great design, but I'm afraid this probably wont be a priority of its backers. Building casinos in areas of natural beauty sets a bad precedent.

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