July 19, 2011 4:11 PM
Staff Writer

BARSTOW • Leaders of the proposed Indian casino in Barstow are appealing to a new governor, president and economic situation in their second attempt at the casino’s approval in a decade.

“The differences are pretty stark,” said casino spokesman, Tom Shields, of the current lobbying efforts in Sacramento compared to the process with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s office. Los Coyotes representatives have met with Gov. Jerry Brown’s office in recent months to provide information on the casino to the new administration, and Shields said the governor’s staff seemed interested in learning both how the casino would help the tribe as well as the Barstow community.

“It fits exactly into the way we approached it seven years ago,” Shields said.

Gov. Brown’s office did not return phone calls for comment.

Shields presented an update at Monday’s City Council meeting of the recent lobbying efforts by Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeno Indians, who first began plans for a casino near the Barstow Outlets in 2001.

The project must receive a compact from Gov. Jerry Brown, have it approved by the state legislature and then be approved by the Department of Interior.

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