The Reno City Council voted 6-1 on November 16th, both to allow nonrestricted gaming in South Reno, and to allow Station Casinos to trade in a very narrow, problematic, and possibly unviable entitlement for a small casino on the east side of South Virginia Street for a potential megaresort on the west side.

During the meeting, Mayor Bob Cashell sang the praises of Station Casinos, Councilwoman Jessica Sferrazza made excuses for why Station should be allowed the larger, more desirable gaming entitlement on the west side of Virginia, and Councilwoman Sharon Zadra cleared the way for the casino by making all the motions to approve the zoning for the project.  Only Councilman Dan Gustin stood up for the residents of South Reno and the businesses in downtown by voting against the master plan amendments. You can see a full tally of the votes in the table below.

Steamboat Springs resident Michele Sheppard said of the City Council, “I think greed, power, and the good old boys have decided to do this despicable deed.I think they are making one of their biggest mistakes and they will pay for it” ( RGJ, 11/17).

But all your effort made a difference!  Because of you, the City Council changed the plan to cut the maximum height of the casino without a special use permit in half from 110 feet to 55 feet, and they also made sure Station Casinos will not be allowed to build more than one casino in South Reno.

We’ve already stopped one casino. Now we just need to stop the other!

*Mayor Cashell, Councilwoman Zadra, and Councilman Dortch are all up for re-election in 2006.

Here is how the Reno Planning Commission voted at its Oct. 19 meeting:

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