The Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians announced plans for an $800 million resort and casino project.
The Viejas resort and casino expansion plans include:
A new casino
A hotel, with a spa, retail outlets and restaurants
Resort cabana, pool area
Conference & banquet space
A movie theater
A new parking structure
A co-generation power plant
The new casino and resort are scheduled for completion in 2012 and will be located adjacent to the existing Viejas Casino, on the Viejas Reservation off of I-8 east of San Diego. Opened in 1991, the original Viejas Casino & Turf Club now boasts 2,500 slot machines, more than 80 table games, a poker room, bingo hall, lounges, six restaurants, and is considered one of the most successful tribal government casinos in California.
Viejas Tribal Chairman Bobby L. Barrett stated: “Our tribe has a gaming agreement with the state that has been in place since 2004. This agreement has worked well and has benefited our tribal members, residents of San Diego County, and state taxpayers. Under terms of this agreement, Viejas plans to enter into negotiations with San Diego County over certain local issues. Our track record – including a casino expansion in 2005 – demonstrates Viejas’ commitment to negotiating in good faith and being a good neighbor that creates local jobs and gives back to the local community. We look forward to working with County Supervisor Jacob and others as we negotiate a similar understanding for this resort and casino expansion, which will put San Diego County on that map as having one of the premier gaming and entertainment destination resorts in the country.”
Viejas plans to hold community meetings to gain public input and provide updates on further details as they develop.
Viejas Enterprises started in 1976 with only an RV park and has grown into a profitable business entity consisting of: Viejas Casino; Viejas Outlet Center; Viejas Entertainment & Production; Broadcast Companies of America, which operates three radio stations; Ma-Tar-Awa RV Park; Alpine Springs RV Park; Borrego Springs Bank, N.A.; and Three Fires, LLC and Four Fires, LLC, two tribal economic development coalitions that have developed hotels in Sacramento and Washington, D.C.
As a sovereign government recognized by the United States, Viejas Tribal Government operates a fully functional, modern government structure and has a strong government-to-government relationship with the members of the local, state and national government. Maintaining economic self-sufficiency for the members of the Viejas Tribe is the main goal of the Tribal Government. Largely through tribal government gaming revenue, Viejas Tribal Government provides its members with services including housing, health care, education and fire protection.