Artist’s conception of Hollywood Casino. Image via hollywoodcasinojamul.com

A 25-year gaming compact between the state and Jamul Indian Village was signed Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown, setting the terms under which the tribe will operate its soon-to-open casino.

The tribe’s Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego is slated to begin operating by the end of summer in the East County.

The three-story facility, which was bitterly fought by area residents and county Supervisor Dianne Jacob, will feature slot machines, live table games, multiple restaurants, bars and lounges and an enclosed parking structure.

More than 1,000 people are expected to be permanently employed at the gaming center, according to the tribe.

“The compact creates an economic environment that allows the tribe to transition to self-sufficiency and to contribute to other tribes, the community and local government,” said Jamul Indian Village Chairwoman Erica Pinto. “Through this compact, JIV reaffirms its commitment to working with the county on fire service, law enforcement and road improvements.”

She said tribe plans to develop projects designed to preserve historical buildings, landmarks and objects of cultural significance, and contribute to habitat and wildlife protection.

Separately, the Assembly on Thursday unanimously approved a similar agreement with the Pala Band of Mission Indians. The deal still requires Senate passage and the governor’s signature.

— City News Service

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