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Business Journal: Wilton Rancheria Casino, Western Health Advantage, Raley's Growlers

Wilton Rancheria Tribe

A drawing of the planned casino, hotel and convention center project in Elk Grove.

Wilton Rancheria Tribe

The anti-gambling group Stand Up For California says it will continue to challenge a proposed casino in the south end of Elk Grove...even though a judge this week dismissed the group's administrative appeal. The Sacramento Business Journal's Digital Editor Sonya Sorich says the casino would be on the site of an unfinished outlet mall just off Highway 99.

"There's still a lot of question marks surrounding that mall," says Sorich. "For the most part, the mall's developer, which is the Howard Hughes Corporation, has stayed pretty quiet. Now, proponents want to see this casino move forward because they think it could spur more development at that unfinished mall site."

This week, Governor Jerry Brown signed a gaming compact with the tribe that wants to build the casino - the Wilton Rancheria tribe. Meanwhile, Stand Up For California says it will continue to try and block the project by filing a federal lawsuit. A group of Elk Grove residents have also sued the city over the casino.

Sacramento-based Western Health Advantage is getting ready for a big expansion into the Bay Area. The HMO is joining forces with Canopy Health, a provider alliance, to market health insurance to employers in San Francisco and beyond. Sorich says it looks like this is good economic news for Sacramento.

"Western Health expects to add about two-dozen staff members to its home office here to help manage the expansion and it also expects to open a satellite office in the Bay Area," says Sorich.

Meanwhile, the UC Davis Health System recently announced plans to withdraw from its partnership with Western Health Advantage and remove its primary care providers from the plan's network. UCD says it's because rates paid by the plan are too low.

West Sacramento-based Raley's is trying something new to get customers through the door. People who go shopping at one of the grocery chain's Reno sites will now be able to buy a growler jug filled, inside the store, with a selection of eight beers on tap. Sorich says right now it's only available at the Reno location.

"This just shows another step that Raley's is taking as the grocery climate gets more and more competitive," says Sorich. "We've heard about many grocers bolstering their selection of beer and wine to standout amid that competition and Raley's is no exception here."

It doesn't look like the service will be coming to Sacramento stores anytime soon. That's because in California, it's illegal for a retailer to fill a growler. Only businesses with beer-manufacturing licenses can do that.

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Steve Milne

Morning Edition Anchor & Reporter

Steve is the Morning Edition anchor for Capital Public Radio. He covers stories on a wide range of topics including: business, education, real estate, agriculture and music.  Read Full Bio 

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