Barona Casino sponsoring World War II air show

Mar 6, 2001 7:25 AM

Air Group One, San Diego’s Wing of the Confederate Air Force (CAF), announced that Barona Casino would be the $100,000 Title Sponsor of the 7th Annual World War II static air show.

"Barona Casino Wings Over Gillespie" will be held May 4-6 at Gillespie Field in El Cajon, Calif. Proceeds benefit Air Group One’s World War II Flying Museum.

This event has gained nationwide recognition for its dedication in sharing the history of the planes and people of World War II, and will draw crowds from around the globe. The air show offers a chance to meet and talk with visiting World War II flying aces and other aviation personalities, including members of the Tuskegee Airmen, Navajo Code Talkers and the Flying Tigers.

"We are proud to help educate the public about World War II history," said Clifford LaChappa, chairman of the Barona Band of Mission Indians. "We are especially excited about learning from the Navajo Code Talkers, who were so crucial to protecting United States spy secrets during the war."

The event will feature more than 70 World War II and vintage aircraft at Gillespie Field. Planes will take off and land throughout the weekend. Rides will be available for sale aboard the B-17 "Sentimental Journey," a Ford Tri-Motor, a DC-3, a Martin 4-0-4 and a Stearman. Other attractions include parachute jumping displays and flight simulator rides.

The show will have entertainment and panel discussions on the Main Stage. Cajon Park Junior High will repeat last year’s "Hollywood Canteen" show. Panels with aviation personalities will be held, with audience participation. The "Salute to Aces" dinner-dance featuring the Wings of Victory Orchestra will be May 4.

The "Barona Casino Wings Over Gillespie" will be the subject of a documentary, which will help raise funds for the museum.

Riverboats to wage battle over Louisiana


Wars projected among gambling boats

Only a fraction of the potential gamblers from Dallas-Fort Worth has been tapped by the five riverboat casinos in Shreveport-Bossier City, where a competitive shakeup will evolve from a new gambling hall, according to an investment analysis.

The investment firm of Goldman Sachs report also says competition between a pair of two-boat complexes on Lake Charles will increase because of the takeover of the former Players International complex by Harrah’s Entertainment Inc.

In the Jan. 9 report, Goldman Sachs said there is room for major expansion in Shreveport-Bossier City, but some of the casinos are in a better position than others to take advantage of out-of-state gamblers.

Goldman Sachs quoted a study by Horseshoe Entertainment that said Shreveport-Bossier City had tapped only 10 percent of potential casino gamblers in Dallas-Fort Worth. Last month, the market won about $60 million from gamblers.

The Horseshoe Casino in Bossier City will likely remain the biggest winner at the tables and slots because of its focus on high-end gamblers and its offering of non-gambling amenities, the report said.

Soccer, casino deal falls through

A deal between an East-side youth-soccer organization and a Washington state casino operator has apparently fallen apart.

Casino owner Bob Brennan and Robert Young, executive director of the Lake Washington Youth Soccer Association, agreed last week that a deal between the two is unlikely to materialize after the Kenmore City Council voted unanimously to extend its gambling moratorium for six months.

Under the deal, Brennan would have taken over the bingo hall on Bothell Way in Kenmore and remodeled it into a card room, sports bar, restaurant and live music hall. In return, the soccer group would have shifted its biggest financial liability onto Brennan: a $360,000 annual lease.

The soccer group had lobbied Kenmore officials hard to lift a gambling moratorium to allow the project. But residents objected to bringing more gambling into the city and questioned whether it was appropriate to finance youth sports through gambling. The council, with little discussion, voted unanimously on the moratorium extension.

Antioch rejects waterfront hotel and casino proposal

The Antioch (Calif.) City Council rejected a plan last week that would bring a luxury hotel and casino to the city’s waterfront area.

Al Cianfichi and his partner Paul Shea hoped to gain approval for a 200-room, five-star hotel and a Las Vegas-style gambling room on 10.5 acres the city owns between Fulton Shipyard and Roger’s Point.

Prior to the decision, both Cianfichi and Shea told council members the project would have become a stop on a San Francisco-Yosemite-Los Angeles tour circuit for the tour company’s Asian clientele, a group he predicted would bring untold riches to city coffers.

The City Council rejected the plan 4-to-1, saying it wasn’t right for the city.

Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel opens

The new Coeur d’Alene (Idaho) Casino Resort Hotel celebrated its grand opening last week. It is just the beginning of new developments centering on the tribe’s eight-year-old casino, according to Dave Matheson, the tribe’s CEO of gaming operations. He said he envisions a destination resort based on gambling, golf and cultural tourism.

A master plan unveiled last week calls for an 18-hole golf course, 4,000-seat indoor arena, a theme park, an outdoor arena for powwows, more hotel rooms, and a nature preserve on 280 acres straddling U.S. Highway 95. A luxury train would shuttle visitors from Spokane to Worley.

Harrah’s project closely examined

An Illinois Gaming Board member who has cautioned casino owners against bringing Las Vegas-style gambling to Illinois is taking a close look at Harrah’s expansion project in Joliet.

At a meeting last week, board member Mac Ryder raised questions about plans for a future walkway that could give diners headed for Harrah’s buffet restaurant a glimpse into the casino floor.

Ryder contends Illinois-style gambling does not open the sights and sounds of gambling to people outside the casino floor. He said the controlled access is important to keep gambling activity out of the view of minors and problem gamblers.


Harrah’s officials have said their future Joliet facility will have a Las Vegas appeal because all the gambling will be brought into one big room with high ceilings, rather than being spread around six decks of two riverboats.

Bill introduced for slots at O’Hare Airport

Illinois Sen. Walter Dudycz (R-Chicago) has introduced legislation to put slot machines in ticketed areas of Chicago’s busy O’Hare International Airport.

The slots initiative is one of two controversial gambling initiatives Dudycz introduced in the past week. The other proposal would legalize video gambling machines in bars.

However, aides to Chicago’s Mayor Daley question whether slots at O’Hare would be bad for the city’s image. Deputy Aviation Commissioner Robert Repel says federal law requires any revenues raised on airport property be used for airport projects or operations.

Hollywood Casino to expand

The owners of Hollywood Casino in Aurora are starting a $75 million expansion that will double the number of gamblers the site can serve.

Plans call for Aurora’s two existing riverboats to be replaced by a barge. Hollywood Casino Corp. said it will be the largest gaming and entertainment facility in the market.

The barge will include a 53,000 square-foot casino on one level, plus a restaurant and an entertainment lounge upstairs. The work will be completed by summer 2002, although the barge could be operating before then.

Illinois bill would give areas around casinos share of funds

Impoverished communities surrounding East St. Louis say they want a share of the region’s gambling jackpot. New state legislation would give it to them —while letting the Casino Queen and other riverboats expand their gaming operations by more than half.

A bill by state Sen. James Clayborne (D-Belleville) would take an additional 1 percent of the adjusted gross receipts from Illinois’ nine riverboat casinos and give the money to the poorest local communities outside the host cities. The current percentage that goes to the state and to host cities like East St. Louis wouldn’t be affected.

Interior OK’s Wisconsin Indian casino

The U.S. Interior Department has reversed a controversial decision by the Clinton administration and approved an Indian casino in Hudson, Wis., that was the subject of an independent counsel’s 14-month criminal investigation of former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt.

Overriding intense local opposition, James H. McDivitt, deputy assistant secretary for Indian affairs, ruled that the plan by three small Chippewa tribes to turn 56 acres of the financially ailing St. Croix Meadows dog track in Hudson into a casino would be in the best interest of the tribes without being detrimental to the surrounding community.

However, the casino has to be approved by Wisconsin Gov. Scott McCallum before it can be built. McCallum insists he will not sign such a request. Nonetheless, Interior’s approval last week represented a major turnaround in a politically embarrassing case that dogged the Clinton administration for five years.

Bill would halt spread of casinos in Missouri

Missouri would halt the spread of casinos under legislation co-sponsored by six Republican state senators.

The bill would cap the number of riverboat gaming licenses at 15. The state has issued 12 licenses for nine locations. Regulators are investigating three more proposals — for Boonville, LaGrange and Kimmswick. If those are granted, the number of licenses would hit the proposed cap.

The bill also would establish the crime of "gaming corruption," a felony. Casino representatives and government officials who talked privately about gambling matters or profited from inside dealings could be prosecuted.