The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians held the Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting for its $300 million Pechanga Resort Casino expansion early last month. Now the largest resort/casino on the West Coast according to press materials, Pechanga Resort Casino offers guests approachable luxury with subtle elements of the tribe’s native heritage woven into architectural and resort experiences. This major expansion added 568 AAA Four Diamond hotel rooms and suites, a 4.5-acre pool complex, two additional restaurants, a two-level luxury spa with fitness and yoga studio and another 68,000 square feet of meeting and event space including the 40,000-square-foot Pechanga Summit. “We are setting a higher standard of excellence and taking the resort gaming experience in Southern California and beyond to another level,” said Edith Atwood, president of Pechanga Development Corporation, at the opening ceremony. “We are deeply grateful to our dedicated and talented team members and the thousands of construction workers who helped build this beautiful facility.” Pechanga hired 750 people during 2017 and early 2018 for permanent positions to staff the resort expansion areas. Jobs ranged from entry level to management roles. Pechanga Resort Casino is the third largest private employer in Riverside County with 4,750 team members, according to the Riverside County Economic Development Agency. Pechanga’s $300 million grand opening events included the official ribbon cutting with tribal officials and dignitaries, a VIP poolside party with many recognizable personalities at The Cove, the new resort pool complex and a fireworks display set off from the Pechanga hotel tower.