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Jamul Casino Construction Begins In San Diego's East County

KimJamul: No I don't live in Jamul, but I drive the 94 several times a week...so I am very, very familiar with the traffic issue. (And where has the Jamul Planning Commission been all these years, when they should have been pushing for upgrades to Highway 94??) And, yes, I do in fact live within 2 miles of a casino. I've spent time on your website and I've been at meetings where I've heard some of the mean things people have said about Native Americans in a very broad stroke. Just mean and unecessary. And mis-information about Native Americans and gambling. Like saying (as you have) that the Indian Casinos don't pay taxes, are not regulated and are corrupt. In fact, they pay fees to the state that far exceed the usual corporate tax rate, so they more than make up for that (along with payments to the SDF and local governments, and philanthropy) and they are very highly regulated. And, again, another example: your statement about how this is "the story of Indian gambling in San Diego." No, actually it isn't. That's not typical at all of Indian gambling in San Diego. Locally it's been relatively peaceful. Evictions, disenrollments, etc. are rarely an issue locally. I havent called anyone racist. I just, personally, think many of the opponents have said mean, anti-Indian things out of ignorance, emotional exuberance or just trying to mis-represent things. I'm just saying that I think you'd be better off sticking to the core message -- traffic and rural lifestyle. Going over the top doesn't help your cause; it hurts.

January 13, 2014 at 3:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Jamul Casino Construction Begins In San Diego's East County

Kimjamul: How mean-spirited and hateful. I can sympathize with those who oppose the casino based on the change to their community, but so many opponents in Jamul are so mean and anti-Native American. Do you really think, for one minute, that Kimjamul and those like her really care about how some Jamul tribal members were treated. No, it's not like they really care how the one family was treated...they just want to magnify it to demonize the entire Jamul tribal community. And the whole broad-stroke statements about how this is "the story of Indian gambling in San Diego." No, actually it isn't. That's not typical at all of Indian gambling in San Diego. Locally it's been relatively peaceful. Evictions, disenrollments, etc. are rarely an issue locally. So, although I understand the emotions involved, it's really not productive to oppose the project by being hateful and over the top. Traffic -- valid concern. Impact on quiet rural life -- Valid concern. Otherwise, just a bunch of haters.

January 10, 2014 at 4:10 p.m. ( | suggest removal )