JAMUL (CNS) - Construction is underway on a controversial casino project on the Jamul Indian Reservation in San Diego's East County, the builders announced Friday, but the county government has threatened a lawsuit to halt the project.
The $360 million Hollywood Casino at the Jamul Indian Village, about 20 miles east of downtown San Diego along state Route 94, is scheduled to be open late next year if it's not delayed.
The three-story gaming and entertainment facility will be around 200,000 square feet, with more than 1,700 slot machines, 50 live table games including poker, multiple restaurants, bars and lounges and an enclosed below-grade parking structure with over 1,900 spaces.
"We are very excited that our long-time dream will finally become a reality," Jamul Indian Village of California Chairman Raymond Hunter said. "We have worked tirelessly for well over a decade, listening to the voices of the community, addressing concerns and ultimately developing a project that blends seamlessly into the region, while creating approximately 2,500 much-needed construction and permanent jobs in our region."
Nearby residents voiced concerns about increased traffic due to the casino. County Supervisor Dianne Jacob was among the vocal opponents.
She said the Board of Supervisors unanimously authorized a lawsuit against Caltrans for issuing a permit that allowed construction to start.
"The tribe must take us for fools if it thinks a Hollywood-style, Costco-sized casino would blend seamlessly into rural Jamul," Jacob said. "The giant gaming complex might generate profits for the tribe and its developer, but at the expense of the community's quality of life."
She said it was "ridiculous" to embark on the project without first "ironing out the best way to access it."
Hunter said the village has worked with Caltrans to develop a traffic management plan for the highway, and hauling of debris from the site will be done toward the southeast, away from businesses and residences.
Some beach coverups protect you from the sun, some add style to your poolside appearance and then there are sarongs that change people’s lives. Sarah Sternberg, Founder of Songa Designs is here to share how a simple Summer Accessory is making a difference.
A memorial service was held Tuesday for the seven sailors killed when their destroyer - the USS Fitzgerald - collided earlier this month with a container ship off the coast of Japan.
Climbing seven flights of stairs just for fun and the view from the top is worth every step! The California Tower is open for sunset tours at Balboa Park After Dark.
San Diego is known for its craft beer scene, but one local business owner is hoping to quench area thirst with another beverage. Craft soda.
A man arrested following a deadly shooting and SWAT standoff in National City Saturday is scheduled to make his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.
Police are offering a reward and seeking the public's help to identify the suspect in a sexual assault last month in the Encanto neighborhood.
More than 100 people staged a "die in" and held a candlelight vigil Tuesday outside UC San Diego Medical Center in Hillcrest to protest the Senate Republican health care bill.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled Tuesday for an oft-deported Mexican citizen accused of driving drunk and fleeing the scene after blowing through a stop sign and crashing his truck into a car containing a family returning home from a day at Disneyland, seriously injuring a 6-year-old boy.