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Mayday: Reno has month to forget

Jul 16, 2002 4:22 AM

The Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority had reason to believe the reports about a sagging economy, but the May report was even worse than expected.

The Reno Gazette-Journal reported that Washoe County hotels, motels and timeshares took a huge hit. The number of rooms filled by paying guests fell 10.4 percent below last year’s May figure. Also, the average daily rate for lodgers fell 11.3 percent and taxable room revenues dipped 20.5 percent.

Also, taxes collected by RSCVA on those revenues fell 21.9 percent or roughly $475,000.

The RSCVA has been trimming its budget in non-critical areas to try and protect expenses vital to the agency’s mission, according to accounting manager Brian Rivers.

"It’s been pretty difficult," said King Brown, property manager for Brown Nevada Corp., which has six motels with 190 rooms in downtown Reno.

RSCVA is hoping to generate more tax revenue with the renovated and expanded Convention Center.

Sacramento stall

A planned Indian casino in West Sacramento has been shelved due to a City Council decision to leave an advisory measure off the November 5 ballot.

The Upper Lake Band of Pomo Indians, according to a Sacramento Bee report, remain optimistic that a $100 million casino-resort can be built in the California city.

"We’re hoping for a court decision in the next 30-to-60 days," said Carmella Icay-Johnson, chairperson for Upper Lake.

West Sacramento Chamber of Commerce member Christopher Cabaldon said the building of the casino was a complicated process.

"Most people think it’s like putting in a 7-Eleven, you just say yes or no," Cabaldon said.

Oneidas on warpath

The Oneida Indian Nation is suing Multimedia Games of Texas, claiming that its patents have been infringed.

The Nation, according to a Syracuse (N.Y.) Post-Standard article, holds two patents on computerized video game systems and builds the games through its subsidiary company Standing Stone Game of Vernon, Wash.

The Washington State Gambling Commission gave the nation a license two years ago to manufacture games in that state. The Oneidas have been looking to be a part of planned gaming expansion in New York State.