Jamul Indian Village – April Newsletter

County Of San Diego Board of Supervisors  Approve Agreement with Jamul Indian Village

The Jamul Indian Village moves closer to realizing its dream of economic independence following a vote this month by the County of San Diego Board of Supervisors to approve a Memorandum of Understanding between the County and JIV. The agreement affirms a government-to-government relationship as the Tribe readies for the grand opening of its $400 million Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego this summer.

“The casino and this agreement in particular will provide significant benefits for Jamul and surrounding communities that would otherwise not be available,” said Erica Pinto, Chairwoman of Jamul Indian Village. “We are grateful for the Supervisors’ vote and County staff’s work on the negotiations during the past year. We also thank those in the community and fellow Tribes for supporting us by writing letters and emails to the Supervisors.”

The MOU and related Fire and Life Safety services agreement result in JIV providing $4.8 million in initial payments and equipment and over $2.75 million annually for fire, life safety and public safety services, and includes two new fire trucks for East County and a 4×4 vehicle. Combined, the agreements will result in over $90 million in funding for fire, life safety, and public safety over the next 20 years. JIV will also provide semi-annual and ongoing mitigation and operating reports to the County that include, among others: public safety, air and water quality impacts, and compliance with noise and dark sky ordinances.

The MOU also includes over $3.7 million from JIV for roadway improvements the County believes are not included in the California Department of Transportation’s Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR). The identified FEIR improvements include, among others, new dedicated turn lanes and traffic signals along State Route 94 in Jamul, and key intersection enhancements to improve safety and increase traffic flow. JIV expects to provide approximately $20 million towards the FEIR improvements.

“These community benefits show we are good neighbors to those who live in Jamul,” said Pinto. “We look forward to fostering relationships in the community for years to come.”

Restaurant Feature: Final Cut Steak & Seafood

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The Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego will offer new dining options to East County. Among them is Final Cut Steak & Seafood, a contemporary American steakhouse. Of all the dining options at Hollywood Casino, Final Cut will offer the most scenic patio dining option with spectacular, panoramic views of the Southern California mountains. The restaurant accomplishes all of the traditions expected from a steakhouse, while adding flairs of excitement and artistic twists.

The menu will feature hand selected USDA prime beef, imported cuts including the A5 Wagyu New York Strip, Kurabuto Pork and the freshest seafood available combined with local, seasonal ingredients. The menu will also feature many Final Cut favorites, including Truffle Mac & Cheese and 20 oz. Bone-In Ribeye.

The bar will include a great selection of Single Malt Scotches, a dizzying array of craft cocktails and a carefully curated wine list of more than 200 selections. Our food and beverage menu will showcase our continued support of local farmers, distillers and brewers as well as house-made syrups and hand-pressed juices in cocktails made to order.

Acorns to Oaks Celebrates Earth Day in the Garden

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Acorns to Oaks celebrated Earth Day this April by planting a vegetable garden in Alpine. Organizers focused on teaching the kids about healthy eating and the importance of being outdoors. They planted tomatoes, bell peppers, green beans, kale, jalapenos, and edamame and enjoyed the afternoon outside.

Chairwoman Erica Pinto and Councilmember Chris Pinto planned the garden activity with Acorns to Oaks to inspire young Tribal Members to change their attitudes toward food and wellness. The organization feels planting a garden and watching it grow into fresh fruits and vegetables will inspire kids to eat healthy. Gardening encourages kids not only to eat better; but it has shown to foster life skills like cooperation, leadership, and responsibility.

“We planned this activity with Acorns to Oaks because we understand the importance of eating healthy, and want to pass down that knowledge,” said Chairwoman Pinto. “It’s important for them to understand the value of healthy living. Planting their own garden gives them the opportunity to see where food comes from and gets them outdoors for an afternoon.”

Acorns to Oaks plans to continue to nurture and grow their garden, and when the vegetables are ready, they will plan an activity around healthy, traditional cooking.

Tribe Works to Preserve Water Quality

creekIn the first three months of the year, San Diego received 4.02 inches of rain. Although California needs the rain to combat the drought, polluted runoff can wash into the nearest body of water, such as the Jamul Indian Village’s local creek. Pollutants can come from cars, roads, sidewalks and homes. They include oil, pesticides, bacteria, viruses and toxic chemicals.

The JIV Environmental Department has taken several measures to reduce creek water pollution by employing the use of silt fencing, sand bags, straw wattle, a basin and water quality testing.

Silt fencing stops trash from floating down stream. Sand bags reinforce fencing to keep in place to maintain the creek’s course and ensure our efforts work. Straw wattle acts like a filter, catching sediment within the water running above the surface. A basin is a natural or artificial hollow containing water where rocks act as a natural filter for the rainwater. After collecting the water, then filtering through the ground, clean water recharges the groundwater.

Water testing proves that our efforts are working. Tests by the Environmental Department show the water exiting the creek on the Jamul Indian Village reservation is much cleaner than when it entered.

The Department will continue to care for the Tribe’s water. They believe if they take care of the water, it will take care of them.