Dixon Residents Vote On Proposed Racetrack

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, April 16, 2007

If voters approve Measures M,N,O and P Canada-based Magna Entertainment will build a state-of-the art horse racing facility and entertainment center on 260-acres of farmland off of Interstate 80 – something Dixon resident Marime Burton thinks will spoil the quality of life in the rural community. 

"I don’t like the idea of our little town being consumed by something called Dixon Downs."

Burton heads the “No on MNOP” campaign. She says Dixon Downs would create too much traffic, noise and pollution. 

"The idea that a town of 17,000 suddenly has a giant race track and all the things that went with that original project are things I just don’t think are for us." 

Those “things that went with the original project” included slot machines and rock concerts. But Magna Entertainment’s Dennis Mills says they’re no longer in the proposal. 

"All of the things that the opposition has said they wanted improved we have and they won’t acknowledge it."

Mills says Dixon Downs would bring a lot of money into the local economy. 

"We also see the economic benefits of being on I-80 and we believe that exporting California racing all over the world is a very viable business for the future."

Both sides of the Dixon Downs debate say they will continue their campaigns no matter the outcome of tomorrow’s election.