Interesting stories today in the Bee about the status of local casinos. In “Jackson Rancheria Casino cuts 150 jobs“, we learn that Jackson Rancheria Casino laid off 150 workers after consultants determined it was overstaffed. The layoffs eliminated a little more than 10 percent of the casino’s workforce, leaving 1,250 employees.
As part of a recent $100 million remodel of the Jackson complex, a consulting team examined staffing levels and concluded “there were just too many employees for our size operation,” Elmets said. “The number of employees was just too high, in good times or bad.”
We then learn that Thunder Valley in Lincoln is hiring 100 workers to cope with improvements in business. And that Red Hawk Casino in Shingle Springs is doing so poorly that it has halted payments on a $66 million loan from its outside management company. I wonder why one casino is hiring while another is defaulting on a loan?
If you take a look at the summer concert series lineup at Thunder Valley Casino Resort, you’ll notice something almost immediately: They’re all bands likely to appeal to baby boomers. The Tubes. Chicago. The Doobie Brothers. Peter Frampton. Huey Lewis & the News. The Fixx. Wang Chung. Men Without Hats.
I find this interesting because I noticed this trend a while back, but always chalked it up to the bands of yesteryear finally finding a place to play as they get on in years. It does make sense to seek these bands out though.
I haven’t been to a show at Thunder Valley, but I have heard good things about the venue. Thoughts?
The upcoming shows do offer some big names. Granted, a lot of the appeal is in the “man, has it been 25 years since I saw the Human League in concert already” factor. But, hey, it seems to be a winning formula so who am I to judge?