The ABC Appeals Board has issued its decision in response to hearings held earlier in the year concerning the casino’s ABC permit and its effect on the community. The Appellants included Supervisor Dianne Jacob and a number of concerned community members.
Each of the three attorneys, Patrick Webb representing the Webb family and other petitioners, William Adams representing Jamul citizens at large and County Counsel, Thomas Bunton, representing Supervisor Dianne Jacob, spoke on various issues concerning the sale and consumption of alcohol including public safety.
While the appeal did not overturn the issuance of the permit, the hearing officer did find there was reason to remand the matter back to the ABC for consideration of additional conditions to be placed on the license. JAC is grateful that there is still an opportunity to place conditions on the permit in order to limit the danger to our community, and we look forward to being a part of that discussion.
The Appeals Board did not weigh in on the larger overarching question that remains pending before the Federal Court; the question of whether the Jamul Indian Village is recognized under the Indian Reorganization Act, and whether the land on which the casino sits is federally recognized “reservation” land held in trust for JIV. It has been JAC’s contention all along that the answer to both questions is a resounding “NO” and therefore the legal sovereignty necessary to conduct gambling operations does not exist.
JAC extends a big thank you for the efforts of the legal team. As ALWAYS, we remain grateful for your donations that allow us to pay the continuing expense of quality legal representation!
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