Jamul Indian Village and Penn National received final approval from the National Indian Gaming Commission for Penn National to manage the facility. Officials said the Jamul tribe will proceed with a $460 million refinancing of the project. According to a casino announcement, Penn National will get a fee of 30 percent of net revenue (earnings before taxes) for the management of the facility, as well as a licensing fee of 2 percent of gross revenue for the use of the Hollywood brand and marketing services. Penn National Gaming operates 26 facilities in 16 jurisdictions across the U.S.
San Diego Chamber Endorsing Countywide Sales Tax Increase Measure The San Diego County if Commerce has endorsed Measure A, a November ballot measure that would raise the region's sales tax by a half-cent to pay for infrastructure projects. The San Diego County Road Repair, Transit, Traffic Relief, Safety and Water Quality Measure would raise an estimated $18 billion over 40 years to improve freeways, fund municipal road repairs and build a trolley line between San Ysidro and Kearny Mesa, among other things. “Measure A fixes our roads, creates capacity and freedom of movement for our residents and goods, and propels the growth of the economy throughout the region,'” said Jerry Sanders, the chamber's president and CEO. Two-thirds of voters would need to vote “yes”' in the November election for the proposition to pass. Measure A is sponsored by the San Diego Association of Governments. Gun Owners PAC Announces List of Endorsed East County Candidates The San Diego County Gun Owners (SDCGO), a political action committee promoting Second Amendment rights, has released its list of endorsed candidates in the East County who are vying for seats in local city and school board elections in November.
SDCGO is endorsing the following: Rob McNelis, mayor, Santee; Dustin Trotter and Mason Herron, Santee City Council; Michael Summers, Lemon Grove City Council, Kristine Alessio, reelection to La Mesa City Council; Jim Miller, Cajon Valley Union School District. “It is crucial that voters elect candidates who will defend the rights of law-abiding citizens, stand strong in support of the Second Amendment and oppose senseless gun control laws,” said Santee resident Michael Schwartz, executive director, SDCGO. We are proud to support local candidates who will uphold the Second Amendment and the rights of gun owners, oppose all attempts to infringe on the rights of the people to keep and bear arms and advocate enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime.” Lantern Crest in Santee Refinances $24 Million The Grant Cos., owner of The Point at Lantern Crest, a 102-unit senior housing community in Santee, has obtained $24.9 million in refinancing, according to CBRE Group, which arranged the financing. A 10-year loan was approved through Freddie Mac to refinance an existing construction loan, CBRE said. Located at 800 Lantern Crest Way, the senior community was first completed in 2012, offering assisted living and memory care units. A second phase, completed in 2015, offers independent and assisted living units. The property has onsite amenities including a fitness center, movie theater, game room, salon spa, library and two restaurants. was formed in 1989 and has developed more than $500 million in projects, including medical office buildings, apartments, retail centers, industrial and mixed-use developments. East County Chamber Will Host Breakfast at Grossmont College The San Diego East County Chamber of Commerce will host its upcoming First Friday Breakfast starting at 7:15 a.m., Friday, Oct. 7 at Grossmont College, Griffin Gate, 8800 Grossmont Center Dr. Grossmont Union High School District is the breakfast sponsor. Cost to attend the Chamber breakfast is $20 per person for members with RSVP, $25 per person for guests with RSVP and $30 per person at the door without reservations. For more information and to RSVP, contact Melissa Long at [email protected], (619) 440-6161, or visit www.eastcountychamber.org. La Mesa Auto Repair Shop Back in Business After Fire Summit Transmissions, 7633 El Cajon Blvd. in La Mesa, has reopened following a fire that closed the auto repair shop for three weeks, announced Jerry Kubitsky, owner, Summit Transmissions. 17, Kubitsky said an electrical fire began in the ignition system of a Honda Odyssey automobile being held overnight for repairs. He said the fire caused damages to several other vehicles, as well as destroyed wiring, scan tools and repair equipment. Auto parts, valued at several thousands of dollars, were discarded over the possibility of product failure, Kubitsky said. 6 and has been adding repair capacity as new equipment is installed, he said. “We’ve reopen earlier than most people expected, but there is still work to be done,” said Kubitsky. “We’re close to being fully operational and returning to the level of business we had before the fire. The fire has tested us but our faith, which remains strong, has kept us calm in the face of this major setback. The support we have received from our customers and industry friends has been tremendous. Other shops have offered to lend us repair space or help with the cleanup. Summit Transmissions, in business since 1982, is a member of Automotive Service Council of California (ASCCA), which established an emergency fund to help Kubitsky. He has worked at Summit Transmissions since 1986 and acquired the business in 1994. The shop relocated from El Cajon to La Mesa in July 2006.
For an appointment, call (619) 463-9400, or visit www.summittransmissions.com. East County Realtors CEO Adding North County Duties El Cajon resident Rich D’Ascoli, chief executive officer, Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR), a San Diego-area trade group for realtors, has added CEO duties for the North San Diego County Association of Realtors (NSDCAR) to his workload. D’Ascoli will serve as CEO of both PSAR and NSDCAR. Officials said each association will continue to operate independently as two separate organizations governed by separate and independent boards of directors and D’Ascoli will report to each board separately.
PSAR has more than 2,500 members and operates service centers in Chula Vista and El Cajon. NSDCAR has more than 4,800 members and operates service centers in Vista, Carmel Valley, Carlsbad, Escondido and Fallbrook. The decision for D’Ascoli to lead both realtor associations was prompted by a recent shared-services agreement between the two groups signed earlier this year. The agreement provides access to services, resources and discounts offered by either association to both PSAR and NSDCAR members. Shared services include Multiple Listing Service (MLS) data, discounts on store items and lockbox equipment and services, along with educational training, advocacy and other resources.