By Miriam Raftery
Photos courtesy of E. Rullet and Deerhorn Valley Antler
October 13, 2016 (Jamul)—Monday’s grand opening of the Hollywood Casino in Jamul caused traffic backups of several hours. On Tuesday, residents report delays were reduced to 15-30 minutes for those seeking to run errands in the rural town of Jamul, still a hassle for residents who long opposed the casino. Illegal parking along State Route 94 and side roads continue to pose problems, though authorities have begun ticketing vehicles.
Parents have voiced concerns over safety of students at Steele Canyon High School’s homecoming football game and dance this weekend, the first weekend the casino will be in operation. The traffic and parking issues could also negatively impact JamulFest Sunday, where Lyons Valley Road closes for a parade and parking is tight even in prior years.