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.
Henry Avocado Corporation is voluntarily recalling California-grown whole avocados sold in bulk at retail stores because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
At least one person was killed and three were injured in a crash on state Route 163 in Balboa Park early Saturday morning.
The average price of a gallon of self-serve regular gasoline in San Diego County rose on Saturday to its highest amount since Sept. 2, 2015, increasing 3.6 cents to $3.462, one day after recording its largest daily increase since Nov. 4, 2017 -- 3.8 cents.
A 21-year-old man was stabbed early Saturday morning after he got into an argument with three males over the volume of music that was playing.
The city of San Diego's Environmental Services Department is hosting an automotive product recycling event on Saturday at San Diego Miramar College.
Active Valor, the combat veteran non-profit organization in San Diego, will host its fifth Valor Adventures of the year in Bonsall on Sunday at Rawhide Ranch.
A 48-year-old woman was struck by a car and fatally injured Friday night near San Diego State University.
Mexico's national soccer team on Friday night won its game against Chile at San Diego County Credit Union Stadium in Mission Valley.
In an effort to rally voters, Senator Bernie Sanders on Friday returned to San Diego for the first time since announcing another bid for the White House and held a rally at the Waterfront Park.