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Gov. Brown Signs 25-Year Compact Between State And Jamul Casino

Jamul Indian Village
This image shows a rendering of the Hollywood Casino, 2014.

Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a 25-year gaming compact between the state and Jamul Indian Village, 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 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.

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The tribe expects the casino to permanently employ more than 1,000 people.

"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," Jamul Indian Village Chairwoman Erica Pinto said. "Through this compact, JIV reaffirms its commitment to working with the county on fire service, law enforcement and road improvements."

Pinto said the 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 today unanimously approved a similar agreement with the Pala Band of Mission Indians. The deal still requires Senate passage and the governor's signature.