Be Heard
Public Discussion
  1. April 20th
    City Council Meeting
    At the first opportunity to bring this issue to the public following a mandatory period of closed session discussion, the City Council placed the Native American Gaming Facility on the agenda.
    Many members were concerned that the City Council was rushing to a decision. The Council assured the public that there will be ample time to vet this issue thoroughly before a decision is made.
  2. April 27th
    Town Hall Meeting
    The Town Hall meeting was convened in order to present to the public the complete information from the Tribe, Developer, and City Staff. This also included many opportunities for public comment.
    This first Town Hall followed a loose format to give the public ample time to give input. Future Town Hall meetings will enact stricter guidelines in order to ensure all are heard on this important issue.
  3. May 4th
    City Council Meeting
    Staff and Council have presented on questions already asked. The public had an opportunity to voice questions. There was little time for comment, to be continue later.
    At its regular meeting, City Council addressed the casino issue again as a discussion item, meaning no action was taken. Under a streamlined format for public comment, supporters, opponents, and undecideds had the opportunity to ask questions. There was little time for comment, but comments will be continued at the next Town Hall meeting.
  4. May 11th
    Town Hall Meeting
    The Town Hall meeting followed a strict format for public questions and comments to ensure all were heard. Council also used a portion of time to address their own questions and discuss.
    At a special Town Hall meeting, Council continued to hear public comment which was discontinued from the City Council meeting on May 4th. Using the same format of sign-up questions/comments, the public had 2 minutes for questions and 3 minutes for comments. The Council encouraged the public to bring only new information to the public's attention and allow those who had not spoken to speak first.
  5. May 18th
    City Council Meeting
    This City Council meeting is the regularly scheduled meeting and will give the public an opportunity for comment/questions.
    City Council will determine whether or not the casino will be on the agenda as an action item following the May 11th Town Hall meeting. It is not yet determined whether the casino will be voted on at the May 18th meeting. However, Council will ensure that the issue is thoroughly vetted prior to making a decision. This vetting will happen in the Town Hall meeting and City Council meeting, if not other opportunities yet to be determined.
City Council
If you feel you have not been heard through one of the many venues available to the public, contact your City Council representatives regarding this important issue.
  1. PEGGY BREEDEN
    PEGGY BREEDEN
    Mayor pbreeden@ridgecrest-ca.gov
  2. LORI ACTON
    LORI ACTON
    Vice Mayor lacton@ridgecrest-ca.gov
  3. JIM SANDERS
    JIM SANDERS
    Mayor Pro Tem jsanders@ridgecrest-ca.gov
  4. EDDIE THOMAS
    EDDIE THOMAS
    Councilmember ethomas@ridgecrest-ca.gov
  5. MIKE MOWER
    MIKE MOWER
    Councilmember mmower@ridgecrest-ca.gov
Social Media Discussions
There are numerous opportunities to engage on the casino issue on social media.  These are some of the major venues for discussion on Facebook that are being monitored by the City in order to fully understand the public's view and address questions that arise in the course of vetting this opportunity.

Ridgecrest

Ridgecrest Vents

Ridgecrest Timbisha Casino Working Group

Ridgecrest Community Message Board

Indian Wells Valley Discussion Forum

Indian Wells Valley Water and Air

O'Neill Dynamics

Letter to the Editor
These are your local newspapers who have run numerous articles and opinion pieces regarding this issue.  Write to the editor if you feel you want your opinion considered for public distribution in one of these periodicals.
The Daily Independent

224 E. Ridgecrest Blvd.
Ridgecrest, CA 93556

(760) 375-4481
jbennett@ridgecrestca.com

The News Review

109 N. Sanders St.
Ridgecrest, CA 93555


(760) 371-4301

info@news-ridgecrest.com


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