JAMUL (CNS) - Concerns about persistent and widespread traffic tie-ups around a newly opened East County casino appeared to be unfounded today on its second day of operations.
On Monday, throngs of opening-day visitors to Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego, combined with roadway construction in the area, created miles of gridlock along state Route 94 between SR-125 and Honey Springs Road. Caltrans advised motorists that delays would be possible throughout the remainder of the week.
Those problems, however, largely failed to materialize today, according to the California Highway Patrol. As of midday, traffic was heavy only in the immediate vicinity of the gaming center, the state agency reported.
Attn: SCHS Community, traffic is currently backed up from the casino to the Campo/Jamacha intersection. Please plan accordingly & drive safe— Steele Canyon HS (@SteeleCanyonHS1) October 10, 2016
"This is pretty much nothing, compared to yesterday,'' CHP public-affairs Officer Tommy Doerr said.
In recent years, as plans for the resort casino made their way through approval processes, residents of surrounding rural communities, led by county Supervisor Dianne Jacob, fought hard against them.
Jacob argued that Caltrans was "failing the public by allowing the casino to open without all the badly needed road improvements in place.''
"The state is permitting it to go forward at the expense of public safety,'' she told City News Service last week. "I advise motorists to not gamble with their lives and stay away.''
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Tribal officials said they expected to pay $23 million for road and transportation improvements in the area.
"The tribe maintains a longstanding commitment to the community,'' said Erica Pinto, chairwoman of Jamul Indian Village. "We are proud to fund roadway improvements and other essential services to make our community safer. These efforts are meaningful and important for our tribe and our neighbors.''
The casino features 1,700 slot machines, 43 table games and seven restaurants including Tony Gwynn's Sports Pub, which features memorabilia from the late Padres icon and an array of televisions for watching athletic contests.
The 200,000-square-foot facility, on the property of the Jamul Indian Village, also includes a nightclub.
A 25-year gaming compact between the state and the tribe was signed in August by Gov. Jerry Brown, setting the operating terms for the three-story facility, which will employ more than 1,000 people.
The casino roughly 20 miles east of downtown San Diego was built and will be operated by Penn National Gaming, which runs 27 other casinos across the United States.
Temperatures will continue to warm through the week, with slightly cooler temperatures for the weekend.
Five people were injured in a three-car crash in the Rolando area on Sunday after an apparent road-rage incident. It happened about 1:30 p.m. on University Avenue at College Avenue, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
Another successful Comic-Con is in the books. The four-day pop culture convention came to an end Sunday, but even in its final hours was packed with things to see and do.
Vince Velasquez allowed two hits over seven innings and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 5-0 Sunday for a doubleheader split.
A man stole a brand-new luxury car out of a Kearny Mesa dealership's lot and led police on a lengthy chase down San Diego freeways on Sunday.
San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing and so is the superhero-themed fashion! Celebrities like Sarah Paulson, Sonequa Martin-Green and Camila Mendes, among many other stylish ladies, rocked a bevy of leather, nylon and pleather to attend the annual comic book convention.
Detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding a man who died Saturday morning on a sidewalk in Old Town.
A suspected drunk driver was shot by sheriff's deputies after leading them on a pursuit across North County freeways Friday night, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department said.