San Diego Business Journal

La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians Reportedly Has Plans to Open Casino and Hotel

By Brad Graves Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The La Jolla Band of Luiseño Indians, which previously operated a small casino on its reservation near Palomar Mountain in northern inland San Diego County, has plans to get back into the business — with a casino and a hotel.

That is according to the 2014 edition of Casino City’s Indian Gaming Industry Report, an almanac of American Indian gaming data, issued March 26.

The La Jolla Band has a gaming compact with the state, and once operated several slot machines in an arcade, under the roof of the tribe’s general store. Tribal Chairwoman LaVonne Peck was not immediately available for comment on the plans discussed in the new report.

San Diego County has eight American Indian casinos with the closure of the Santa Ysabel Casino in February.

The report notes that in 2012, total gaming revenue from California’s 68 casinos amounted to $6.96 billion, up from $6.91 billion. 2013 figures were not available.

Alan Meister, an economist with Nathan Associates Inc., compiles the yearly report.