Pala Band sign new state gaming agreement

Posted at 3:34 PM, May 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-09 18:34:36-04

Gov. Jerry Brown Monday announced the signing of an updated state gaming compact with the Pala Band of Mission Indians in northeastern San Diego County.

The agreement, which sets terms under which the tribe can operate the Pala Casino, supersedes a contract signed a dozen years ago.

It authorizes the tribe to operate 2,500 slot machines, an increase of 500 over the prior agreement. The casino has no plans to add gaming devices at the current time, however, spokesman Jack Taylor said.

Provisions in the compact cover revenue sharing with and mutual support of local jurisdictions for fire, emergency medical services, law enforcement, public transit, infrastructure improvements, education and other services that serve the needs of the community, according to the governor's office.

It also includes terms to stimulate investments in renewable energy, recycling or water conservation projects, non-gaming-related economic development and health care facilities that provide a mutual benefit to the tribe and the local community.

The Pala Band will also continue to share revenue with tribes that don't operate casinos.

The governor's office said the agreement is consistent with recent compacts reached with other casino-operating tribes, the professionalism of the tribe's regulators, and their constructive relationship with state gaming regulators.