Thursday, March 19, 2020

Casino Closures

I'm sure most of you have already heard all the news you need to hear...but just in case

OC Register - Pala Casino, Spa & Resort and Cahuilla Casino temporarily close amid coronavirus concerns

Pala Casino, Spa & Resort in northern San Diego County and Cahuilla Casino in Anza are the most recent casino properties to close their doors temporarily amid concerns over the novel coronavirus, officials for each of the casinos announced Wednesday, March 18.

The Pala Band of Mission Indians announced on Wednesday morning that it would temporarily shutter Pala Casino, Spa and Resort in northern San Diego County by Friday, March 20 due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

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The Sun - Which Southern California casinos are open and closed amid coronavirus pandemic

UnionTribune - With 20 new cases reported in one day, the worst of the COVID-19 storm may be upon us

San Diego COVID-19 Tracker: 80 cases reported

KTLA - 3rd person dies of COVID-19 in Riverside County; 2 new patients confirmed

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Former Paskenta Tribal Leaders Found Guilty

Hat tip to the commenter who pointed out this article.

Paskenta tribal leader: Guilty pleas are 'vindication' for Tribe after millions stolen


The defendants are the former Tribal Economic Development Director, John A. Crosby, 56, of Redding; the former Tribal Administrator Ines S. Crosby, 76, of Orland; and the former Tribal Treasurer Leslie A. Lohse, 64, of Glenn.

The trio pleaded guilty Thursday in federal court, to charges of conspiracy to embezzle or steal from a tribal organization, as well as tax fraud and tax evasion offenses.

“The defendants used the Tribe’s accounts as their personal piggy banks,” said Kareem Carter, Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation. “For at least five years the defendants took more than $4.9 million of the Tribe’s money and intentionally failed to declare it as income to the IRS. This resulted in a tax loss of over $1.6 million.”

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Bill Bembenek Gets A New Job

Danville, Illinois Casino Team Includes Ex-Pala CEO, Former State Legislative Leader


Another member of the Haven team will be Bill Bembenek. The University of Illinois graduate most recently served 10 years as the CEO of the Pala Casino Spa and Resort. His tenure at Pala, which is located about an hour north of San Diego, ended late last year.

The casino rendering Haven officials presented to Williams and other Danville officials looked very similar to the Pala casino.

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