Tuesday, January 31, 2006

Dixon Downs Support Group Organizes

Dixon Downs Support Group Organizes
McNaughton Newspapers

DIXON - Supporters of Dixon Downs who represent businesses and trade unions formed a group called Off and Running for Dixon Downs.

The group believes the proposed racetrack and retail complex would boost the local economy and deserves Dixon residents' support.

"We've had enough of all this negativism and 'gloom and doom' from the group called Dixon Citizens for Quality Growth," spokesperson Del Holly said in a news release, speaking of the project's opposition group. "We are confident that Dixon Downs will be of the highest quality and we can hardly wait for the official ground-breaking to take place.

"It will add to the local economy in a meaningful way," Holly said. "It will provide the community with benefits. And we don't want it to go by the wayside because of a few short-sighted naysayers."

Off and Running for Dixon Downs is made up of members of the Dixon Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Dixon Business Association and several Solano County trade unions that Off and Running for Dixon Downs said represent working families in Dixon.

The group, which grew significantly in November following a vendor and jobs fair sponsored by Magna Entertainment Corp., the would-be builder of Dixon Downs, plans to meet with community members one on one and in groups, mail information to them and advertise.

If approved this year by the Dixon City Council, Magna Entertainment Corp. would build a 260-acre racetrack and entertainment complex on Dixon's north side next to Interstate 80. The council last week began fine-tuning a list of topics for negotiation of a development agreement with Magna, if the project gets that far.

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