Friday, July 29, 2005

Casino expansion has additional health risks.


Today Contra Costa County released a study that shows the substantial health risks associated with the expanded casino at Casino San Pablo.These health risks include increases in gambling addiction and the impact of second hand smoke. Here are quotes from two of our local County Supervisors on this issue:

“The bottom line is that this proposal has not demonstrated that it is good for the local community,” says Supervisor Gayle B. Uilkema, whose district includes the impacted communities. Pointing to a recent policy approved by the Board of Supervisors, Supervisor John Gioia says, “No matter what dollar amount is suggested, the negative affects from casinos would conflict with our Environmental Justice Policy. We don’t want to do anything to increase the environmental burden that low-income communities already face. This would be a step in the wrong direction.”

The study on health impact of Casino San Pablo can be found at