President’s Message - As the President of JAC, I welcome you to our site! A handful of local visionaries started this organization in 1988 and we’ve enjoyed dynamic leadership for many years.
Our reputation for adapting to the needs of the community we serve is well known. I believe we can provide much positive education and benefit for our community while responsibly objecting to those things we believe are detrimental to our community’s well being.
I believe we can and should support those things that serve to enhance our lives and the lives of those who share this community’s values.
Our efforts should enhance the experiences of all who live, work and recreate in Jamul. I am certain we can find solutions and fund interventions when necessary. My goal is to have us identify the challenges before us and alter what we can long before they become critical issues.
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Many of you have asked “where are we on the ABC hearing?”
Bluntly we now face yet another twist in our efforts to be heard. Many of you have received a response sent to protestants last week from the Administrative Law Judge, John W. Lewis. Many of you did not. Please open and read the first attachment.
Judge Lewis carefully presided over the two day hearing, held at the Skyline Church on November 16 and 17th. We feel that Judge Lewis conducted a fair hearing and repeatedly asked very specific and probing questions of the parties that provided testimony. He made several statements including admonishing the ABC investigator concerning the lack of information in her investigation. He also questioned why there was no reference to the huge number of protestants in her report nor was such information provided in the recital of the “Whereas” clauses.
Late in the afternoon of Nov. 17th, Pat Webb was allowed by Judge Lewis to submit documents supporting his argument that the ground the casino was built on is not a legal reservation for gambling. Judge Lewis accepted the documents as exhibits, bringing arguments from both the applicants attorneys and the ABC attorney, Jacob Rambo, to disallow the documents. Judge Lewis told them he would review the documents and that his name would be on the decision not theirs. The applicant’s attorney demanded a continuance of the hearing. The Judge granted that and agreed to sometime in January.
We left the hearing feeling hopeful that Judge Lewis would consider the documents, having recognized there is a church in the immediate vicinity, that the roads are not improved and there were no restrictions in place for the serving of alcohol. Such restrictions have been placed on other casinos in San Diego County.
Now, just last week came the Judge’s recusal and the surprising email attachments provided by Judge Lewis in his explanation of his decision. Looking at the dates and the names it seems apparent that there has been action by the ABC Director, Peter Williams, attorney for BCSH, Joe Dhillon, Tribal Liaison for Governor Brown and possible conversations with other state employees to try and dissuade the Judge in ex parte communications, which is patently illegal.
Now the process is up in the air. No surprise that the ABC wants to skip any additional hearing, appoint a new administrative judge and just make their decision. Effectively stripping the protestants of their rights to an open and fair hearing.
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