Friday, April 26 2013, 10:53 AM CDT
Citizens comment on casino proposal
By Rick Tillery/KTVL.com
MEDFORD, Ore. -- The Medford City Council is weighing the options on the proposed casino for south Medford. Thursday evening, citizens let the council know what they think of the idea.
There was a brief presentation from the Cow Creek tribe on why they are fighting the Coquille tribe's proposal, then city leaders opened the floor for comments.
Nearly every person who spoke to the council pleaded with them to not approve the casino project,except for one. Sarah Koca lives in the community where the project is planned, "the Kim's restaurant has been a blight on the neighborhood and so far I haven't seen any other alternatives that would help that development."
Koca says she worked for the Coquille tribe for several years, "and I know that the quality of the tribe and how they treat their employees."
Other residents who spoke thursday evening painted a much different picture about gambling.
Paula Brighton is adamantly against the idea, "I've already seen the Purple Parrots and the restaurant places that have the slot machines, how many people in this hard economy, they're hurting and they're trying desperate things."
Brighton told the council that some in her family battle addictions to gambling, "it's easy to get drawn into that and keep hoping, hoping that you're gonna win big but gambling's not set up for you to win big, it's setting up for you to lose more and more and more."
Councilors will be discussing the casino again during the regular council meeting on May 2.