GRATON CASINO SHOULD OPEN ITS MASSIVE PARKING LOT AND HOTEL TO PUBLIC FIRE EVACUEES!
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My name is Matt Reischling. I woke up frustrated early Wednesday morning because I'd been hearing that Graton Casino in Rohnert Park (just a few miles from one of the many fires) was doing next to nothing to help public fire evacuees. This sickened and infuriated me. Graton makes hundreds of millions of dollars a year and hasn't done anything to offer public assistance in our County's hour of need. Shameful. Open your massive parking lot and vacant hotel rooms to PUBLIC evacuees, not just staff. This is the simple, humanitarian thing to do. Twin Pines Casino became a public evacuation center during the Middletown Fire in 2015. Follow their lead Graton. Please sign this if you feel the same. UPDATE: Graton is saying it is giving rooms to families of hotel staff ONLY and have "a few RV's in their parking lot" and some "coffee stations and water coolers" set up. What a joke. Open it up to the public! 2nd UPDATE: Graton is now blaming the City of Rohnert Park for blocking order to doors to public evacuees, citing public safety. It would not be difficult to have extra police/hotel security calmly escorting evacuees safely through casino into rooms. That would not pose a public safety hazard. Meanwhile, evacuation centers are reaching capacity. In the meantime, at least OPEN UP YOUR MASSIVE PARKING LOT FOR SERVICES. It could easily be a middle distribution point between Petaluma and Santa Rosa.The public is waiting on your official response TODAY. 3rd update: Graton has just announced a $1,000,000 donation to fire relief fund and opened up services to the public. It them 5 full days to respond publicly. I am happy this petition had a positive effect. Back to volunteering. Sincerely, Matt Reischling
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