Referendum could still delay start of planned facility in north Madera
The gaming compact between the North Fork Rancheria of Mono Indians and California to build a large-scale casino in Madera County was officially entered into the federal Indian Affairs Bureau register Tuesday.
The move marks the final federal hurdle in the casino-building process, tribal officials said, which began work to establish the gaming compact in 2004 and wants to place the 2,000-slot-machine gaming and recreation facility on a 300-acre parcel of land near Avenue 17 and State Route 99.
However, some 800,000 signatures filed by self-described anti-gambling watchdog group Stand Up for California are still being checked for validity to force a referendum on the compact, which would put the issue to a statewide vote in November of 2014.
Cheryl Schmit, director of Stand Up said that if the referendum is validated no later than November 25 — 504,760 valid voter signatures are required — the casino could not be built as the compact would be suspended...