Jamul Indian Village – July Newsletter

Jamul Indian Village Elects First Female Tribal Chairperson

Erica Pinto


Erica Pinto was recently elected Tribal Chairperson of the Jamul Indian Village (JIV), becoming the first elected female Tribal Chairperson in JIV’s history. Pinto has been involved with the JIV Tribal Council since 1994, becoming a Councilmember at the age of 22. She most recently served as Vice-Chairperson.

“I am honored to serve the Tribal Members of the Jamul Indian Village. Along with the Executive Council, we will continue to build a strong Tribal government, create jobs for our Tribal Members and the community and engage with our neighbors on issues of mutual significance, and ensure a bright future for generations to come with the development of Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego.”



Welcome New Jamul Indian Village Council Members

Council MembersAlong with Chairwoman Pinto, the Jamul Indian Village recently announced the election of new Council Members. Each Council Member embodies the spirit of the Tribe and brings a unique skillset to Council decisions.

Kenny Meza
– Vice-Chairperson
More than three decades ago, Meza was instrumental in gaining federal recognition of the JIV. He was also heavily involved in seeking a strategic partner to construct a gaming facility on the Tribe’s sovereign land.

Carlene A. Chamberlain – Executive Council Member
As a devoted member of the Tribe and widely respected leader, Chamberlain has served on the Tribal Council for over 20 years.

Christopher Pinto – Executive Council Member
For more than five years, Pinto worked as a Water Technician for the JIV Environmental Department. Along with his children, he participates in Native American cultural events across Southern California.

Michael Hunter – Executive Council Member
As a winemaker in Valley Center, his expertise makes him uniquely qualified to identify local products and services to sell and promote at the Tribe’s gaming facility.

In addition, the JIV Tribal Council appointed Lisa Cumper to the position of Secretary and Treasurer.

Acorns to Oaks Celebrate Annual Beach Day

The San Diego sun welcomed the Jamul Indian Village for its 3rd Annual Acorns to Oaks Beach Day. Family and friends came together to not only enjoy each other’s company and relax at the beach, but spread the message of healthy living.

According to Native American Health, every racial or ethnic group has specific health concerns. Differences in the health of groups can result from:

  • Genetics
  • Environmental factors
  • Access to care
  • Cultural factors

Native Americans face their own unique health issues and, for this reason, the JIV’s Acorns to Oaks organization works to spread the message of healthy living. Tribal Chair Erica Pinto and Executive Council Member Christopher Pinto grilled lean meats including beef and chicken. Side dishes consisted of fruit and other healthy items. Kids, teens and adults were encouraged to walk, ride bikes, play smash ball, kayak, and paddleboard.

They hope the message of healthy living carries far beyond Beach Day.

About Acorns to Oaks

Acorns to Oaks is a community group developed by the Jamul Indian Village focused on the prevention of teen pregnancy, alcohol and drug use, and to educate their young members on their heritage and culture. This group also serves as a volunteer group and they plan to continue to work with many local organizations.

Community Spotlight:
Tribal Members and GM pitch in to support Crisis House

Crisis House

Crisis House has a broad mission of breaking the cycle of poverty, domestic violence, homelessness, and strengthening families and individuals so they can thrive and transform their lives. The organization promotes self-sufficiency through case management and life-saving food, housing, and other critical services in partnership with the community, so the people served become safe, healthy and self-sufficient.

Jamul tribal members and the general manager of the casino gathered together around community services this July at Crisis House. They spent a morning unloading the supply truck and organizing goods that Crisis House receives monthly. They plan to do this on an ongoing basis, as well as contribute in other ways to this worthy cause. Jamul Indian Village supports the mission of Crisis House and look forward to continuing to work in the community to support local needs.

Casino Spotlight: Final Cut Steak & Seafood

Crisis House
We can’t wait for our future guests at Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego to experience the many dining offerings coming to Jamul, including what will surely be one of the best restaurants in East County: Final Cut Steak & Seafood. Winner of awards around the country, Final Cut is a contemporary American steakhouse featuring hand selected USDA Prime Beef, corn-fed and naturally aged up to four weeks to ensure maximum flavor and texture. Each steak is seasoned with kosher salt and garlic and then grilled over live coals and finished at 1600 degrees to create a thin charred crust that seals in the delicious natural beef juices. All steaks are finished with a touch of butter to enhance their natural richness.


Final Cut will also feature the freshest seafood from the Pacific Coast and around the world. To top it all off, the restaurant will offer an over 200-bottle wine list that features New and Old World wines to pique any diner’s interest.

Our chefs will search high and low for market-fresh and local ingredients to create culinary experiences that will whet any appetite. We look forward to sharing fine dining at its best with you next year.

Hundreds of Jobs Coming to East County

The emails keep pouring in about the jobs coming to East County! We look forward to meeting all of you and providing information on how to apply when the employment process begins later this year. In the interim, we’d like to share more about the variety of positions that will be offered at Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego.
This month’s e-newsletter highlights the Player Services, Marketing, Retail, and Valet positions. View information about all types of jobs at: jamulindianvillage.com/careers

Player Services
Marketing, Retail and Valet

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