News Release


DATE: July 18, 2001

CONTACT STEVE SCHMIDT AT 619-531-4766 or 619-206-9108


Governor's Office joins Jacob in preserving open space and quality of life in backcountry

JAMUL - The Office of California Governor Gray Davis is to be commended for opposing efforts to turn more than 100 acres of land in the East County community of Jamul into a multi-level gambling casino, Supervisor Dianne Jacob said today.

In a letter to the California Bureau of Indian Affairs, the governor's office agreed with Supervisor Jacob and others that a full-scale gambling casino proposed by the Jamul Indian Village would pose significant threats to a nearby ecological preserve and would have, "... significant potentially unmitigable impacts on sensitive State resources," the letter said.

"The latest action by the governor's office demonstrates the State's commitment to preserving the rural character of our backcountry." said Supervisor Jacob. "I'm pleased the state has joined me in working to protect the safety and well-being of the backcountry and its residents," Jacob said.

The Jamul Indian Village had hoped to acquire approximately 101 acres immediately north of the 3700 acre Rancho Jamul Ecological Reserve. The 101 acres is subject to development restrictions under the County's landmark "Multiple Species Conservation Plan." (MSCP). The MSCP was developed by the County, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and the State Department of Fish and Game. It strives to set aside native habitat for endangered plants and animals.

For more than a year, Jacob has been urging the state to turn down the Tribe's trust application for the land. Most recently in March of 2001, she sent a letter to the Office of the Governor making the state aware of the community's fears concerning the proposed casino. These included increased traffic problems, public safety and infrastructure issues.