Selling Out Windsor

The proposed Lytton development stands to reap huge profits as Sonoma County’s only mega-resort in the middle of pristine wine country. Unbound by local zoning ordinances, the possibilities for income-generating special events — which, in the rest of Sonoma County, require costly permits that are notoriously difficult to acquire — are limitless.

Have your local politicians been swayed by gaming interests or resort developers who stand to profit if the resort is approved?

You be the judge.

Mike McGuire State Senate Campaign: Contributions from Gaming Interests

While he was negotiating the development deal with the Lyttons, Mike McGuire was also accepting $33,500 from gaming interests throughout the state of California. While most of his donations were from local residents who have supported him since his Healdsburg City Council days, all of these casino interest donations came from outside of his home county — many from San Diego and Riverside.

Pechanga Band of Luiseno Mission Indians: $8,200
Pechanga Resort & Casino
Temecula, CA (Riverside County)
28th Senate District
(largest casino in the Western United States, even including Las Vegas)
(tribal members make $360,000 per person per year, according to disenrolled members)

Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians: $7,100
Viejas Casino & Turf Club
Alpine, CA (San Diego County)
38th Senate District
(2,000 gaming machines, 1,200 seat bingo pavilion, card games, off-track betting, 5 restaurants)
(estimated income of $210 million per year back in 2003, not including outlet mall profits, and casino has expanded since 2003)

Barona Band of Mission Indians: $7,100
Barona Casino
Lakeside, CA (San Diego County)
38th Senate District
(397 room luxury hotel, 300,000 sq. ft. casino with 2,000 slot machines, 59 gaming tables, a poker room, and an off-track betting parlor)

Morongo Band of Mission Indians: $4,100
Morongo Casino
Cabazon, CA (Riverside County)
23rd Senate District
(present $250 million Morongo Casino Resort expansion includes 44 acre Morongo Casino, Resort and Spa with 2,000 slots, 70 table games and a separate poker room, 310-room hotel, fine dining restaurants, buffet, 24 hour coffee shop, and nightclub)
(Each member receives in excess of $150,000 per year according to this article. The tribe is “generating… nearly $3 billion in annual economic activity in a wide variety of industries,” according to this article.)

Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians: $4,000
Spa Resort Casino
Palm Springs, CA (Riverside County)
28th Senate District

Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation: $2,000
Cache Creek Casino Resort
Brooks, CA (Yolo County)
3rd Senate District

Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Indian: $1,000
Sycuan Casino
El Cajon, CA (San Diego County)
38th Senate District

TOTAL: $33,500

Lytton Rancheria Donations to Politicians

2014 Jared Huffman: $5,100
2014 Jerry Brown: $52,000
2010 Jerry Brown: $50,880
2014 Kamala Harris: $6,500

The Lyttons did not donate to Mike McGuire’s campaign. However, they donated to a campaign relevant to three of McGuire’s casino donors, suggesting a flow of money throughout state races: casino interests support one another.

2014 Senate District 38: $7,800 (home district of Viejas, Barona, Sycuan Casinos)
2014 Assembly District 25: $5,200 (home district of Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino)

Donations to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors from Project Partners & their spouses*:

Supervisor McGuire:

Huffman for Congress: $1,000 (2013)
Larry Wasem*: $1,100 (2013)
Larry Wasem*: $1,100 (2014)


Coombs Development*: $2,500 (2014)
Larry Wasem*: $2,500 (2014)


Carolyn Wasem*: $1,000 (2012)
Larry Wasem*: $2,140 (2012, election-to-date)


Larry Wasem*: $1,000 (2012)
Carolyn Wasem*: $1,000 (2012)

2014 Donations to Windsor Town Council candidates from Project Partners & their spouses*:

Mark Millan’s 2014 Campaign:

Rich Coombs*: $1,000

Jennifer Coombs*: $500

Larry Wasem*: $1,000


Evan Zelig’s 2014 Campaign:

Larry Wasem*: $500

Jennifer Coombs*: $500

Coombs Development: $50

*Developer Rich Coombs is a self-identified Tribal Intermediary. Rich Coombs and Larry Wasem are business partners with the Lyttons.