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.
Jamul is a caring and diverse community with many people dedicated to improving our quality of life. There is a great deal of strength and power in unselfishly helping others.
Please get be involved by giving, advocating or volunteering. I hope you’ll be inspired to make a donation of time, money or both to support the important efforts underway.
Together, we can accomplish more than any one of us could alone. Please support our efforts!
Residents of Jamul, you are amazing!!! Over 300 of you attended the September 15th community meeting! Thank you for keeping the faith that we shall prevail!
I have always said that our battle is a marathon not a sprint! Your willingness to endure the time consuming legal challenges proves that our cause is not the cause of a few disgruntled residents, rather the opposite is clear, the vast majority support the efforts to have our courts halt this nightmare permanently!
Please stay informed, and please continue to support us fiscally if you can. Quality legal representation is expensive and necessary for us to prevail.
Our attorneys have told the federal court that the land on which the casino is being built is not a reservation under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act.
The Jamul Action Committee, the Jamul Community Church and other concerned individuals are seeking a declaration that the four parcels of land upon which the Hollywood Casino is being constructed on do not qualify as a reservation and therefore are ineligible for gaming under the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA).
“The casino is being constructed on four different properties all of which must qualify, but none of which do qualify, as a ‘reservation’ eligible for Indian gaming under IGRA,” the motion for partial summary judgment said.
It is the role of the Secretary of the Interior – not the IGRA – to determine if property qualifies as a “reservation” for IGRA purposes. That determination must be made by relying on the agency’s 2008 definition of the term “reservation.”
Because the secretary of the interior has not found that the four parcels meet the criteria, and because none of the parcels meet any of the regulatory definitions of a reservation, none of the four parcels qualify.
To be clear we continue to believe that the JIV does not constitute a “federally recognized tribe,” since they never completed the process for such recognition under the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934. Further we do not believe the land upon which they’ve built their project is a “reservation” in the legal sense of the word.
If either of those arguments is upheld in court then this project may not operate as a casino.