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Board of Supervisors approve Hard Rock Casino letter to Gov. Newsom

Tejon Tribe Hard Rock
Posted at 12:49 PM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 15:49:06-05

FORT TEJON, Calif. (KERO) — The Kern County Board of Supervisors approved a letter to Governor Gavin Newsom asking his office to sign off on plans for the construction of a Hard Rock Hotel & Casino south of Bakersfield.

The vote coming after the federal government approved a plan by the Tejon Indian Tribe to operate the casino.

The letter asks Newsom for concurrence with the U.S. Department of the Interior's Record of Decision for the Tejon Indian Tribe's proposal and requests the governor's enactment of a tribal-state gaming compact.

According to the Tejon Tribe, the $600 million project will span over a 306-acre parcel of land, with 52 acres of the site devoted to the resort hotel and casino, while 22 adjacent acres will be designated for an RV park. The remainder of the property will be used for other tribal purposes including administrative offices, a health facility, housing and supporting infrastructure.

The hotel-casino will be located 14 miles south of Bakersfield.

The project is expected to create more than 1,000 construction jobs and over 2,000 permanent jobs once completed with additional jobs from the economic multiplier effect during construction and after opening.