An improving economy, an aggressive campaign to attract new businesses and some belt tightening measures have allowed Rohnert Park officials this week to balance the city’s budget for the first time in 10 years.
In the first glimpse into its financial health since its debut last fall, the Graton Resort and Casino recorded $101 million in net revenue for the first three months of 2014, according to a public filing by Station Casinos, the Las Vegas firm that manages the gambling complex next to Rohnert Park.
The Rohnert Park City Council on Tuesday approved changes to a long-stalled housing project just north of Sonoma State University that could add up to 1,645 homes starting as soon as next year.
Rohnert Park officials are scrambling to prepare for a great unknown that has been years in arriving — what will happen when a 24-hour, 3,000-slot-machine casino opens on the west edge of the city?
‘We have no idea what the impacts will be,’ Vice Mayor Joe Callinan said Tuesday as the council reviewed the report of a city task force that is trying to answer that question.
After a decade of controversy, environmental studies, lawsuits and bureaucracy, the $800 million Graton Resort & Casino is expected to open Nov. 1.
The Rohnert Park City Council on Tuesday approved the start of eminent domain proceedings to condemn and buy part of a property that is to be the site of a planned hotel and McDonald’s restaurant near the Indian casino being built now along Wilfred Avenue.
Darrin Jenkins is Rohnert Park’s new assistant city manager, filling a post mostly vacant since 2009. A Sonoma County native, Jenkins, 40, was city engineer and development services director until stepping into the new post.