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Pechanga Upgrades Will Add $20M to Regional Economy, Tribal Reps Say

According to Pechanga, 350 construction jobs were created during the project, and close to 100 permanent jobs will result from it.

Pechanga Resort and Casino/File photo
Pechanga Resort and Casino/File photo

Construction of two additional restaurants and a variety of renovations at the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula will give the regional economy an estimated $20 million boost, representatives of the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians said today.

Just before the end of 2013, the tribe completed a 25,000-square-foot remodel of the resort lobby and opened two new dining outlets.

"We set out to renew and transform the lobby and restaurants into a focal point for guests to come into our grand entrance and say, 'Wow,"' said Pechanga Development Corp. President Patrick Murphy.

"Judging by the thousands of guests who have already come in and taken photos in the new space, we hope we have achieved that objective. We are very proud of this new elegant, timeless renovation."

The modifications were unveiled during a ceremonial ribbon-cutting this afternoon.

According to Pechanga, 350 construction jobs were created during the project, and close to 100 permanent jobs will result from it.

One economist consulted by the casino estimated the total economic impact from the work -- including workers' wages and salaries, combined with higher tourism-related spending -- will be around $20 million.

"When a company is as committed as Pechanga to giving visitors an experience they remember and come back for time and again does something on as grand a scale as a multi-million-dollar remodel, it has a nearly immediate effect on many other visitor-based businesses -- wineries, hotels, restaurants, shops and more," said Ken Westmyer, chairman of the Temecula Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau.

The visitors bureau calculated regional tourism spending to be roughly $625 million last year, much of it generated by the resort-casino. --City News Service


Christi L. White January 09, 2014 at 12:02 PM
Editor and readers: within the Human Resources and other industries, jobs are no longer referred to as "PERMANENT." They are now correctly referred to as "REGULAR" employment positions. No job is "permanent." Permanent implies a legal contract between employer and employee, which is incorrect as businesses California is an "at will" state. "At will" means that the employment relationship may be terminated at any time, without cause, by either the employer or the employee. Also, considering the various large-scale layoffs that Pechanga has conducted in the past (not denying they do a lot of good as a major employer in the Valley), it is really incorrect to refer to any job as "permanent."
SA January 09, 2014 at 05:17 PM
Well said Christi … I honestly think lately when anyone says “bringing in jobs … etc.” it is a complete verbal BJ especially in the great state of California where employers are taxed to death and leaving the state… In any case, good luck with the jobs…
Alek J Hidell January 09, 2014 at 07:48 PM
When you take into consideration the tiny bit of taxes Pechanga pays (voluntarily) against the detrimental drunk driving and gambling addiction that results from their casino, you may agree with me that they are nothing but a blight upon our community, a beacon for organized crime, and has NOTHING to do with so-called Native American culture. In fact, Pechanga promotes the very things that helped destroytheir "race"
Dori L January 12, 2014 at 10:48 AM
Absolutely Alek!! So sick if seeing them in my office with their Free insurance, their manicures and fske eyelashes, knowing that the get thousands of dollars a month to do nothing!!! All, when I have worked my ass off all my life and pay taxes !!!
Steve Newman January 12, 2014 at 03:36 PM
Dori L- tired of seeing them come into your office- put a sign up- no Native Americans allowed- that should help your business.
ChrisG January 12, 2014 at 05:05 PM
@Dori, maybe you should marry one. Then you can reap the bennies too.
Steve Newman January 12, 2014 at 08:15 PM
ChrisG- then she would have to take down her sign.
ChrisG January 12, 2014 at 08:26 PM
The point is those reservations exist because of racism. For the most part, White America thought the Indians were savages and the Indians didn't want to join the dominant culture. Now some tribes are benefitting from gambling. I hope as many as possible enjoy the success while it lasts. My guess is more and more states will open their own casinos and push the Indians out whenever possible.
Dori L January 12, 2014 at 09:34 PM
I am half Sioux induan people, it's not them as people, it's the fact that they are handed shit for free when we have to work so hard for ours. I have to find a way to pay for my kids college education , the tribe pays for theirs as long as they complete their schooling. No sign will be put up, childish comments are a sign of weakness
Dori L January 12, 2014 at 09:37 PM
Oh! And believe me, or call me a hipocrite, if the Sioux had a casino, I would put in my pledge to join!!!!!
Alek J Hidell January 12, 2014 at 09:56 PM
Face it, the reservations were created as concentration camps. And giving any group of Americans special privilege is the same as apartheid.
Steve Newman January 13, 2014 at 05:04 PM
Dori L- childish comments- here's your sign.

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