Casino Update

Tribe Still to Submit Application
As of September 2009, the Tribe had not submitted an application with the Bureau of Indian Affairs pending the selection of a new developer. Once the Tribe has selected a developer, an application must be submitted to and approved by, the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Once the Tribe has approval, a gaming compact must be granted by the Governor of California.

History of New Casino Negotiations
On October 29, 2004, San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge David Cohn ruled that the City’s Municipal Services Agreement failed to comply with California's environmental laws that would require an environmental study be done prior to approving the agreement.

The City Council voted on November 3, 2004, to appeal the ruling immediately following the judges filing of his written order to the court. No date has been set to hear the appeal.

Once this issue is decided, the land will need to be placed into trust by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and a gaming compact negotiated with the Governor’s office.

The new casino would be built on a 57-acre parcel at Main Street and Interstate 15 and bring approximately $137 million to the City over the next 20 years. The agreement includes a substantial increase in police and fire personnel, the addition of a new fire station with equipment, the expansion and maintenance of public facilities and road improvements.

In addition, the Tribe agrees to use City Municipal services, mitigate traffic impacts, make payments in lieu of sales tax, property tax and room tax, as well as offering training and job opportunities for local residents. The direct number of jobs created will be about 1,000.

View the Municipal Services Agreement between the City of Hesperia and the Timbisha Shoshone. This 2003 City of Hesperia Residential Survey reveals a clear majority of the electorate favoring an Indian casino in Hesperia.