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By Miriam Raftery

September 6, 2015 (Jamul) – Following the September 1st death of a construction worker employed by C.W. Driver at the site of the Hollywood Casino Jamul, the Jamul Indian Village Tribal Council has issued a statement in its newsletter voicing “great sadness” at the tragedy and a message voicing support for workers this Labor Day weekend.

“More than skilled construction worker, this man was a friend tod the Tribe,” statement reads. “We express our deepest condolences to his family and friends. As with all of the hardworking men and women who have contributed to the success of this project, we are deeply grateful for their unwavering resolve and commitment. We see them on a daily basis and have become close with many of them. Their safety is our top priority in constructing and operating our casino project.”

The message continues, “As we observe Labor Day, let us remember the true nature of this holiday and reflect upon the men and women whose work has shaped the success of America. For the Tribal Members of the Jamul Indian Village, we will also reflect upon this man’s contributions to our economic development project and pray for his family and friends.”

Jamulians Against Casinos, a residents’ group opposed to the casino project, also posted a message following the tragedy on its Facebook page: “This is not how we wanted a work stoppage. Condolences to the family and friends.”

The identity of the victim, who fell off an elevator lift,  has not yet been released by the County Medical Examiner’s office. A federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is being conducted, which could take one to six months to complete.

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Those opposed to this casino could not have written a more disingenuous statement.