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The JAMUL ACTION COMMITTEE held a Petition Drive to collect signatures of community members and visitors to the area opposed to a casino in Jamul.

WHY: We, the community, have a lawsuit in Federal Court disputing the Jamul Indian Village’s claim that they have a right to a casino on the village land. The tribe and their backers, Penn National Gaming have aggressively moved forward with construction without following Federal requirements, or approval of contracts or permits.The tribe and Penn National have repeatedly made claims that ONLY A FEW residents are in opposition to the casino in Jamul.

We will present the to the court, elected officials and the public with the petitions showing how the majority of the community and our surrounding neighbors are in opposition to a casino in Jamul.

WHAT YOU CAN DO NOW:
Please sign the petition online. JAC will continue to submit signatures to the appropriate parties.

NO CASINO IN JAMUL!!

NOT NOW, NOT EVER!!!

Help the Jamul Action Committee preserve the safety and tranquility of our community!
Say NO to a Casino for a tribe who’s land does not qualify for gaming.

Federal Hearing Friday, January 30th

We have extremely strong legal cases.

We Will Prevail!

Mailer from JIV/Penn – December 2014

Today, December 18th, the JIV and Penn National Gaming sent to every home in Jamul, a public relations letter promoting their “enterprise.”  As expected, it is filled with their usual misinformation—and outright lies.

They are trying very hard to discourage our community but we remain united in stopping the illegal building of a casino.

Marcia Spurgeon, from JAC, spoke with a UT reporter yesterday. The UT reporter was the only one to show up at their “press conference” besides the Jamul Tribal Council and the Penn National representatives.

They would not give her any specific information on the casino plans. They claimed they will be hiring 2500 local employees—but then admitted more than 1500 were construction workers. They also claimed they would be hiring Jamul people to give them work. The UT will have an article today or tomorrow.

As for the PR letter, JAC suggests you deposit in the trash can at the Post Office and send a LOUD, CLEAR MESSAGE we do not want this in our community. Or you could send it back to the sending address with your comments.

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We won’t be duped or bullied.

The numerous court cases challenging this illegal construction have yet to be heard on their merits. The legal path may be slow and at times, very frustrating, but it is the way we will win this fight

Federal Lawsuit: Hearing in January.

Caltrans Lawsuit: Appeal has been filed. Awaiting court information.

Wildlife Conservation Board Lawsuit: Appeal was filed this week. Awaiting court information.

News report from Channel 6 San Diego:

http://www.sandiego6.com/news/local/Controversial-Indian-casino-in-Jamul-one-third-complete-286036121.html

San Diego Reader Article:

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2014/dec/19/ticker-jamul-casino/#

How a Casino In Jamul Will Forever Change This Rural Community

By Michael Casinelli – from September 2013

Some of you might know me, as I am in my second term as one of your elected members of the Jamul Dulzura Community Planning Group. However, this communiqué is strictly my personal comments and views. I am writing this article because I believe that many residents cannot visualize how a casino in their midst will change our rural community in a permanent and very negative way. The lack of understanding could be consequential to the future way of life and public safety in Jamul.

If the citizens and government entities allow the construction of a gambling facility on the land of the Jamul Indian Village (JIV), all of us who live and raise families in this quiet, rural bedroom community will be forced to adjust to the many negative impacts or move out of the area. In addition to the increase in crime, loss of night skies, increased noise levels day and night, and significantly decreased property values, all of which would occur, it would require each of you more than twice the amount of time it now takes to drive from your home to Rancho San Diego. If it takes you 10 to 15 minutes to drive down the hill currently, count on 30+ minutes due to casino traffic. This negative impact on our commute time will be a direct result of casino construction and casino operation.

All of you have experienced the traffic impacts at Steele Canyon High School on SR 94, which is an approximate 700-car congestion, and a similar traffic jam at the Jamacha Elementary School on Jamul Drive and Steele Canyon Road, which attracts an additional 200 to 300 cars to this intersection. These traffic overcapacities occur morning and afternoon on every school day. Luckily, there is relief from this traffic burden on evenings, weekends, holidays, and summer recess.

To put this in perspective, the JIV casino developers have (conservatively) estimated an average of an additional 9,000+ cars per day. This is based on 7 days per week, 365 days per year, and does not include casino patron transport buses, employees’ cars, delivery trucks, and maintenance vehicles (not to mention the plethora of slow-moving construction vehicles hauling dirt and construction materials for months, or the destruction of highway asphalt in the process). To help you visualize this impact, an additional 9,000 cars per day, if traveling in one lane, would be a continuous stretch of cars from Jamul to the City of Long Beach in Los Angeles County.

The hired JIV traffic consultants state that this additional traffic can be mitigated by adding a couple of turn lanes and a few traffic-light signals, in addition to the three that already exist between the JIV property and the high school. Imagine being caught by most, if not all, of these red traffic lights and/or having to wait more than one rotation from red to green to red to green, before crossing an intersection. This does not take into account the more serious negative traffic impacts. That is, this significant increase in vehicles (especially when alcohol is involved) will cause an exponential increase in traffic accidents and traffic accident-related fatalities, as well as an unacceptable increase in emergency response times for fire trucks and ambulances. Significantly more people will die due to the increased traffic caused by casino construction and operation, compared to no casino.

Furthermore, the hired JIV traffic consultants only suggested (ineffective) mitigation to the negative traffic impact that flows east and west on SR 94. While those residents whose homes feed into SR 94 at one of the proposed traffic lights might have a better chance of entering the traffic bog, by waiting through one or more traffic-light rotations, the rest will have to take their chances by darting into traffic. As you know, many of our streets and roads are cul-de-sacs, some that extend for miles with as many as 65 to 100 households. There will be many of these non-signal intersections where drivers might not have a chance to cross one lane in order to enter SR 94 in their desired direction; and therefore will be forced to travel in the opposite direction and either go around the congestion, or travel until they can turn around. Heaven help these residents if they have to evacuate due to a wildfire while thousands and thousands of the casino’s non-residents also try to evacuate.

If 9,000+ additional average daily vehicle trips seems scary to you, then think what traffic and accidents would be like if there were 15,000 to 20,000 additional average daily trips instead of 9,000. If casino construction is allowed in Jamul, as soon as possible there will be casino facility expansion. The JIV’s management team has exercised this business model before, both in San Diego County and elsewhere in California. One example near Santa Barbara started with a one-story casino (size of a large bingo hall) then added on to the casino, built a hotel, and added a convention center.

When the current JIV casino construction management team first approached our local community with its architectural rendering, they presented it as being more responsive to the wishes of the people. They presented a casino and parking structure that was not as tall or obtrusive as previous plans, and with a flat roof design. The visual rendering suggested a more limited view of the facility from SR 94 (although not necessarily from the elevated surrounding homes). This business model is reinforced by comments made by one of the representatives of the current financial backer, Penn National, at the June 5th community meeting held at the Jamul Primary School. He stated that they plan to add shopping and entertainment on the four-acre parcel.

Furthermore, in order for the casino structure to have a lower height profile, they must start at a lower grade. Ask yourself why the new casino plans require 200,000 cubic yards of earth removal compared to 22,000 cubic yards of the previously proposed high- rise structure. That equates to more than 14,000 truckloads compared to 1,600 truckloads. Ask yourself why the JIV and Penn National would want to incur this tremendous construction expense. It is not because they have suddenly become caring about the local citizens. This design allows them to expand square footage by constructing upward.

Please know that Indian Tribes are allowed to build whatever they want on their “land into trust.” The County and State cannot interfere with what is constructed. The Indians only have to answer to negative impacts that they cause outside of their property. That is why Caltrans adhering to its mission statement, i.e., “Caltrans’ top priority is public traffic safety on the State Highway System,” is so crucial to this casino project.

Unfortunately, the local citizens and politicians have seen several indications that Sacramento wants Caltrans to turn a blind eye to historic procedures and regulations in order to treat the JIV differently and more favorably than Caltrans would any other private developer. JAC has a current lawsuit against Caltrans to make it enforce California public protection regulations, not ignore them.

There has long been opposition to the Jamul casino project, spanning decades, from citizens, many local, state, and federal politicians, the CHP, SD County Sheriffs, local school districts, and fire agencies. These efforts were, and still are, spearheaded by local volunteers who formed a not-for-profit organization, Jamul Action Committee (JAC). JAC has been successful thus far blocking the casino due to diligent volunteers, attorneys, and politicians. Three other financial backers have abandoned the Jamul casino project. Penn National is the fourth financial backer to emerge; however, it is more aggressive in pursuing the casino construction than previous “casino partners.”

Penn National is the first to apply for a gaming management permit. If it obtains the permit and Caltrans does not enforce effective mitigation for the negative traffic impacts, there will be a casino in Jamul, adjacent to an additional approximately 80 acres. Look at what has happened with Sycuan’s real estate expansions that still continue.

Once a casino is constructed and the residents are inundated with traffic delays, accidents and deaths, and the casino continues to expand and further add to the significant negative impacts, it will be too late to do anything about it. It would be like trying to put toothpaste back in the tube.

Please do not assume that because JAC and the community have been successful in the past, that success in the future is a given. Do not be complacent and think that others will volunteer and therefore your help is not needed. Do not think that a casino is inevitable and that the JIV has a right to build a casino, or that it is only a matter of time before they succeed. The JIV does not have a clear path to building a casino on its particular piece of land; and there is a current lawsuit that has the potential to stop this casino madness now and forever. (The JIV’s legal restrictions to building a casino is a topic for another article.) (jacjamul edit: More information next week on a Federal Court filing.)

So I conclude with the request that all of you who will be negatively affected by a casino in Jamul, please do whatever you can to help. For example, help JAC with its letter writing campaign to politicians and Caltrans, attend fundraisers, volunteer to help at fundraisers, make your neighbors and fellow church members aware and discuss the negatives impacts, and donate to JAC’s legal efforts. JAC has hired very experienced and competent attorneys who are working at a discounted rate, including some tasks performed at no charge; however, litigation still cost a considerable amount of money.

Think of a donation as a type of insurance. That is, insurance against traffic congestion, accidents, and deaths, as well as insurance against diminished property values.

So please wake up, if you have not already done so, and smell the potential future of car exhaust fumes. Express your concerns, pitch in, and get involved before it is too late.

Thank you.



JAC/San Diego County Lawsuit Against Caltrans

JAC/San Diego County Lawsuit Against Caltrans Update January 2015 Docket (Register of Actions) Jamulians Against The Casino v. Department of Transportation Case Number C077806 Date Description Notes 11/07/2014 Notice of appeal lodged/received.     Filed in trial court on 10/29/14 by Jamulians Against The Casino. CEQA. 11/21/2014 Appellant’s notice designating … Continue reading

JAC vs CA Wildlife Conservation Board

JAC vs CA Wildlife Conservation Board Update: January 18, 2015 Docket (Register of Actions) Jamulians Against the Casino v. California Wildlife Conservation Board et al. Case Number C078024 Date Description Notes 12/19/2014 Notice of appeal lodged/received.     Filed in the trial court on 12/12/2014. 01/02/2015 Letter to counsel – … Continue reading

JAC/JCC Lawsuit Against NIGC/BIA/DOI

Jamul Action Committee (JAC)/Jamul Community Church (JCC)-Plaintiffs vs. Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA)/Department of the Interior (DOI)/National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC)-Defendants Update January 2015 Hearing January 30th Update December 2014 Hearing date for second week in January 2015 Update: September 10, 2014 – JAC Amended Complaint Update: September 10, 2014 … Continue reading

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Tribal Money & the Government 2000-2012

Tribal Money & the Government 2000-2012

The individual links below will take you to each tribe information. Tribes that have a gambling casinostill receive and ask for money from the Federal government. Non-gaming tribes receive $1.1M from the gaming tribes in the State of California, in addition to Federal money.

Before the National Gambling Impact Study Commission
Statement of Prof. Joseph P. Kalt
Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University
March 16, 1998

Quoted from statement:  …”Policies that have made Native Americans and their governments dependents of the federal or state governments have been the most destructive of tribal members’ well-being. For many tribes, gaming has provided the opportunity and the resources for breaking the cycles of dependence.”
http://www.hks.harvard.edu/about/faculty-staff-directory/joseph-kalt

JAC asked Mr. Kalt – “Why are so many gaming tribes are still receiving money from the federal government if they have broken the “cycles of dependence” with their gambling operations and per capita money for tribal members?

We did not receive an answer.

Email: joe_kalt@Harvard.Edu

Federal Money to JIV 2000-2012 – Full Report

Lobbying Money Spent by Casino Companies – 2012

NIGC Lobbying Money Spent – 1992-2012

Barona Federal Money 2000-2012

Barona Contributions to Candidates/Ballot Measures 2002-2012

Campo Federal Money 2000-2012

Capitan Grande/Barona Federal Money 2000-2012

Cuyapaipe Federal Money 2000-2012

Inaja-Cosmit Federal Money 2000-2012

Jamul Indian Village Federal Money 2000-2012

Lobbying Money Spent – JIV 2003-2004

Lobbying Money Spent – JIV 2005-2006

La Jolla Federal Money 2000-2012

La Posta Federal Money 2000-2012

Los Coyotes Federal Money 2000-2012

Manzanita Federal Money 2000-2012

Mesa Grande Federal Money 2000-2012

Pala Federal Money 2000-2012

Pala Contributions to Candidate/Ballot Measures 2002-2012

Pauma Federal Money 2000-2012 Page 1

Pauma Federal Money 2000-2012 Page 2

Rincon Federal Money 2000-2012

Rincon Contributions to Candidates/Ballot Measures 2002-2012

San Pasqual Federal Money 2000-2012

Santa Ysabel Federal Money 2000-2012

Sycuan Federal Money 2000-2012

Sycuan Contributions to Candidates/Ballot Measures 2002-2012

Viejas Federal Money 2000-2012

Viejas Contributions to Candidates/Ballot Measures 2002-2012

 

Money given to California Legislators

California Legislators and Tribal Money

SR 94 Improvement Project – Update December 2014

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