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Jamul residents stand against newly built casino

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Jamul residents stand against newly built casino Jamul residents stand against newly built casino

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — People living in Jamul made it known once again that they don't want a new casino opening up in their neighborhood.

Hollywood Casino is set to open at the end of this month.

Residents and community leaders are urging the state to stop the process because they say the area around the casino represents a clear and present danger.

Around a hundred people stood with signs across the way from the soon-to-open Hollywood Casino.

"There's accidents all the time," said Jamul resident, Jerry Pearson. "It's only going to increase it, who knows how much."

Pearson has lived in Jamul for 33 years.

He and others are upset that the state has given way for the casino run by the Jamul Indian Village to open.

They're concerned about the thousands of cars and trucks that will come through the curvy, two-lane highway, which is already considered a dangerous road.

"Cal Trans is not requiring , they are failing to require the necessary safety improvement along this dangerous road before the casino opens... Only a traffic signal at the entrance," said Dianne Jacob, the county supervisor for district 2.

"We've had in the last decade 100 DUI events along this highway ... We would have the Hollywood horror show."

County Supervisor Jacob, who lives in Jamul, has been against the plan since the beginning, despite her colleagues on the board being OK with it and now the state.

She is urging state officials with Cal Trans and with the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control to rescind the casino's temporary alcohol permit and make critical road improvements before the casino opens, which is set to happen in just a matter of days.

"I intend to hold them accountable for any and all people who lose their lives or are injured along Highway-94," Jacob said.

Folks who live near the $360 million casino said it's basically a public safety disaster waiting to happen, primarily because of the SR-94.

It's only a two-lane highway and they're worried about more traffic, more deaths and what would happen if there's a wildfire.

"This is what I worry about the most: We have a fire in the East, Santa Ana winds, We have a collision on 94, cars are backed up, the fire is coming, people are trapped," Jacob said.

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