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On January 10, 2018, the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians issued a Notice of Completion (NOC) of the Draft Tribal Environmental Impact Report (Draft TEIR) for the San Manuel Hotel and Casino Expansion Project (Project). The Draft TEIR has been developed in accordance with the requirements of the Tribal-State Compact between the Tribe and the State of California. This starts a public review and comment period of the Draft TEIR ending on February 26, 2018. A public information meeting will be held on January 25, 2018 at 5:30 pm at the Event Center at San Manuel Village located at 27923 Highland Ave, Highland, California 92346. Written comments on the Draft TEIR will be accepted at the public information meeting.


Overview of Expansion Project

The San Manuel Entertainment Authority, an economic instrumentality of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, takes pride in its casino operations and continually seeks to provide a premier guest experience for its visitors.

San Manuel is proposing to build a hotel and expand its existing casino operations to meet the growing needs of its guests. The facility expansion would take place within and adjacent to the site of the current casino on the San Manuel Indian Reservation and includes:

  • A resort-style, approximately 500-room hotel
  • An expanded casino space with state-of-the-art amenities
  • Up to a 4,000-seat performance venue
  • Additional meeting and event space
  • New amenities, including a spa, high-quality restaurants and retail shops
  • A 2,200-vehicle parking structure
  • Power utility infrastructure

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Environmental Process and Anticipated Timing

As part of the development process, the Project has moved forward into the Draft TEIR public review and comment period, which began on January 10, 2018 and will conclude on February 26, 2018. This period provides interested parties with an opportunity to comment on the Project and the Draft TEIR. Pursuant to the Off-Reservation Environmental Impact Analysis Checklist attached to the Compact, the Draft TEIR considered impacts in the following categories:

  • Aesthetics
  • Agricultural and Forest Resources
  • Air Quality
  • Biological Resources
  • Cultural Resources
  • Geology and Soils
  • Hazards and Hazardous Materials
  • Land Use
  • Mineral Resources
  • Noise
  • Population and Housing
  • Public Services
  • Recreation
  • Transportation and Traffic
  • Utilities and Service Systems
  • Water Resources
  • Cumulative Impacts
Review Process & Next Steps
  • The Notice of Preparation was issued on November 7, 2017, starting a 30-day public comment period on the scope of the Draft TEIR that concluded on December 7, 2017.
  • A Notice of Completion of the Draft TEIR and the Draft TEIR was issued on January 10, 2018, starting a public review and comment period, which is expected to conclude on February 26, 2018. A public information meeting will be held on January 25, 2018.
  • The Final TEIR will be issued after completion of the Draft TEIR public review and comment period.
Economic Impact

San Manuel is among the top 10 private employers in San Bernardino County, supporting more than 4,200 employees. The Project is anticipated to create approximately 1,400 construction jobs during construction and approximately 1,200 new jobs when opened.

In 2016 alone, the Tribe and casino operations purchased $392 million in goods and services, paid $200 million in wages and generated nearly $1 billion in direct and indirect economic impact to San Bernardino County. Over the years, revenue generated from the casino has been used to fund Tribal government operations, provide for the general welfare of the Tribe, including education and healthcare needs, as well as, contribute to local infrastructure and public safety needs, and support regional economic development. San Manuel also donates to various philanthropic causes through its considerable charitable donations.

Contacts
To provide comments in writing on the Draft TEIR:

Environmental Science Associates
c/o Jennifer Wade
2600 Capitol Ave, Suite 200
Sacramento, CA 95816
jwade@esassoc.com

For general questions about the project:

Jacob Coin, Executive Director of Public Affairs SMBMI
Jcoin@sanmanuel-nsn.gov