Legislature passes Mendocino County tribal casino

Sacramento, Califoria (AP) Jan. 2010

A tribe in Mendocino County won the right to open a casino after the Legislature ratified its compact with the Schwarzenegger administration.

The 54-1 vote during Janaury in the Assembly allows the Pinoleville Pomo Nation to operate a casino with up to 900 slot machines through 2030. The tribe has agreed to give the state 15 percent of the money it wins from players at the casino.

The pact was approved earlier by the state Senate.

Democratic Assemblyman Joe Coto of San Jose says the compact will help the tribe fight high unemployment, poor housing conditions and poverty.

The 250-member tribe owns about 100 acres on the northern edge of Ukiah, about 115 miles north of San Francisco.