JAMUL, Calif. –, Caltrans electronic road signs outside the Hollywood Casino in Jamul keep changing. Hollywood casino.
They warn residents about road congestion on state route 94 due to an “,event.”, Both supporters and opponents of the casino believe that event is the casino’,s grand opening but the date on the sign has been pushed back a couple times over the past month and no one seems to know when the casino will open its doors.
The casino’,s website says to expect the opening mid-2016. It’,s Facebook page thanks people for being patient but offers no glimpse as to when that date might be.
“,The original sign said I think August 5th to 22nd, now I’,m seeing signs saying the 29th to 31st,”, said Jamul Action Committee President Glenn Revell referring to the Caltrans signs.
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On Thursday, they read August 29th to September 5th. Revell’,s group opposes the casino on grounds it will create dangerous conditions on highway 94 by bringing in too many people to a small area. Still he says it will likely open.
“,I believe it will open, I have almost no doubt about that, but I think ultimately it will be forced to close,”, said Revell.
Revell says two lawsuits now before by the 9th District Court of Appeals challenging the legitimacy of the tribe and its reservation could shut down the casino.
“,At the outset, we asked them please don’,t build until the court decides. I really do feel for anyone who’,s an investor in Penn if we built this only to be told by the court it’,s closed that’,s a big loss.”,
Revell says similar suits have prevailed in other states, even after casinos have open. He says his group will keep fighting the casino until the court makes a final decision.
Meantime, outside the casino, the stop light on highway 94 to slow traffic at the casino entrance has been installed, signs are up outside the enormous building and the lights are on inside. By all indications, it will be opening soon.
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Despite numerous calls and emails neither Penn National Gaming which will run the casino nor the Jamul Indian Village provided comment for this story.