Nation | Tribe: Jamul Indian Village
14145 Campo Road
Jamul, CA 91935
Jamul Casino opened October 10, 2016. Jamul is the closest Indian casino to downtown San Diego about 20 minutes on Hwy 94.
Jamul Casino is an Indian gaming casino owned by the Jamul Indian Village. The casino features 1,600 slot machines, 40 table games and a poker room. There are also seven dining venues.
The Jamul Indian Village (JIV) entered into a partnership with Penn National Gaming to build a Hollywood-branded casino on 6 acres of tribal land in San Diego County. The casino site is located on state Route 94 about 20 miles east of downtown San Diego. Construction on the $430 million, three-story casino began in January 2015.
After the tribe signed a gaming compact with the state in 1999, there were 15 years of legal hurdles to gain approval. In August 2016 the Jamul Indian Village signed a 30-year gaming compact with the State of California.
On March 1, 2018 the Jamul Indian Village announced it would self-manage the casino and end its partnership with Penn National Gaming. As a result the casino name was changed to Jamul Casino.
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This 10,000-square-foot, rooftop facility is a year-round venue for private parties, celebrations and business meetings. It offers panaramic views and catering services for up to 500 guests. For reservations and more information, phone 619-315-2345
August 15, 2020
Jamul Casino in San Diego County announced last week the opening of THE ROOFTOP, a year-round, private event venue for weddings, special parties and other social events and celebrations.
The 10,000-square-foot rooftop space provides panoramic views of the surrounding mountains with catering services to accommodate up to 500 guests.
"THE ROOFTOP was truly a passion project for the Tribe. With the Casino's views into the mountains and Otay Open Space Preserve, we knew we had the opportunity to create something that didn't exist anywhere else. We envisioned an all-purpose, all-event, all-season venue that wows our guests from the minute they step off the elevator."
Erica M. Pinto
Jamul Indian Village Chairwoman
For reservations and more information, phone 619-315-2345 or visit here.
May 21, 2020
Jamul Casino held full public reopening today May 21 at 10 AM. The casino had a previous soft re-opening May 18th for its Amber and above Sweetwater Rewards Club VIP guests. Jamul has been closed since March 20 due to COVID-19.
In the first phase of reopening, Jamul Casino will limit its operational hours to 10AM to 2AM daily and maintain enhanced cleaning protocols to protect guests and workers.
President and General Manager of Jamul Casino, Mary Cheeks, said in a casino press release:
"This has been an unprecedented season of uncertainty, and we understand it may take time for some guests to be ready to come back. I can assure you that we are doing everything in our power to ensure that Jamul Casino is a safe and fun environment when guests return."
February 18, 2019
New Poker Rooom
Jamul Casino celebrated the grand opening of their new poker room. The room is located next to the High Limit Room and features 10 tables, a full bar and table-side dining. Poker games and tournaments begin every day at noon.
Inaugural Golden Cap Poker Tournament
As part of the celebration Jamul Casino introduced its first annual Golden Cap poker tournament with a $50,000 guaranteed prize pool. Attending the tournament were poker pros and celebrities including Tiffany Michelle, WSOP "Last Woman Standing", Norman Chad, WSOP Commentator and Erick Lindgren, Professional Poker Player.
February 1, 2019
Jamul Casino will be celebrating the grand opening of its new Jamul Poker Room on 15th.
The Poker Grand Opening celebration begins at 11am and includes the inaugural $50,000 Golden Cap poker tournament featuring celebrity player Tiffany Michelle and ESPN poker commentator Norman Chad. Players pay a $50 registration and a $500 buy-in. Tournament starts at noon.
The Jamul Poker Room has 10 tables, table-side dining, full bar and weekly tournaments.
May 29, 2018
The Hollywood Casino Jamul will be undergoing new management and new branding starting on Tuesday.
The announcement was made recently that Penn National Gaming will be leaving the partnership in the casino. The Jamul Indian Village Development Corporation (JIVDC) will be taking over the management.
JIVDC is owned completely by the Jamul Indian Village. It is part of the Kumeyaay Nation and is federally recognized.
In March the change had started to take place when JIVDC began making the transition in casino operations and management.
Rebranding has also begun. The casino will now be known as Jamul Casino. It is located on tribal land in east San Diego County. Downtown San Diego is 20 minutes away.
Members of the Marquee Rewards program will have their previous benefits moved to the new loyalty program for the casino. It is known as Sweetwater Rewards. This includes their current tier status and comps that have been earned. There will also be new benefits added to the program for members.
The goal of the transition has been to make the change over as smooth as possible. None of the employees have been laid off. There is even growth now to support the additional hiring of staff. Currently the casino supports nearly 1,000 people in the area for work.
Revenue earned from the casino goes to programs to support the tribal members. This includes housing, education, and healthcare.
The Jamul Casino offers 70 table games and 1,700 slot machines. There are also 7 restaurants.
March 1, 2018
Source: Jamul Indian Village Development Corporation
Jamul Indian Village Development Corporation Announces Management Transition for Hollywood Casino-Jamul San Diego
JAMUL, CALIFORNIA (March 1, 2018)- The Jamul Indian Village Development Corporation ("JIVDC"), a wholly owned entity of Jamul Indian Village ("JIV"), today announced plans for an orderly transition of the management of Hollywood Casino-Jamul San Diego from Penn National Gaming (NASDAQ: PENN) ("Penn National") to JIVDC.
The $460 million Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego, which was developed by a Penn National subsidiary on behalf of JIV on its tribal lands approximately 20 miles east of downtown San Diego, has been managed and operated by a Penn National subsidiary since its opening on October 10, 2016.
JIVDC stated that the termination of the casino's current management company agreement with Penn National is a natural next step toward economic self-sufficiency for JIV. "Our announcement today represents an important step toward our long-held goal to manage our own casino," said JIVDC Chairwoman Erica Pinto. "We are grateful to Penn National for all their hard work and leadership in bringing what was a very challenging development project to fruition."
As part of the transition plan, the casino will be rebranded as "Jamul Casino." The casino's current executive management team will stay in place during the switch to Jamul Casino. In addition, JIVDC has retained a highly qualified transition team to assist with the details of rebranding and transferring management.
"Most tribes in the Kumeyaay Nation self-manage their casino properties, and JIV is no different in that regard," said transition team leader David Patent, a former corporate vice president at Caesars Entertainment and current CEO of Patent Enterprises gaming consultancy. "JIVDC is fortunate to have a highly qualified, seasoned executive management team already in place, which will remain after the transition. Additionally, the transition team guiding JIVDC brings over 70 years of combined experience in casino development, operations and marketing." During the transition, there will be no changes to the Marquee Rewards program. After the transition, members will retain all of their earned comps and tier status, and comparable or better benefits, in a rebranded loyalty program for the new Jamul Casino.
JIVDC also expects no changes to employee roles or staffing structure during the transition. "Current Hollywood Casino employees are part of the JIV family, and will simply be employees of Jamul Casino once the change in management is complete," said Chairwoman Pinto. "We don't anticipate any reductions in employee head counts or staff restructuring as part of this transition."
As manager of the casino, JIVDC plans to maintain its support for and involvement in projects that improve the lives of its neighbors and other tribes. Past donations to the Jamul community, made possible by casino revenue, include over $5 million to state and county authorities for road improvements, $2.5 million in annual payments to the San Diego County Fire Authority, together with two state-of-the-art fire trucks, and $100,000 to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
Concluded Chairwoman Pinto: "We look forward to Jamul Casino continuing to provide a highquality gaming experience, and to building on our already strong relationship with our guests and employees. We are also committed to being a supportive member of the community for generations to come."
October 26, 2017
A permanent alcohol license was approved on Wednesday for Hollywood Casino in Jamul.
The 67 member tribe of the Jamul Indian Village owns the land where the casino is located. The casino is operated by Penn National Gaming.
Many residents of Jamul oppose the license. Mostly due to the roads safety. Highway 94 travels through a rural area on the way to the casino. It is not well lit, winding, and two lanes.
Both Hollywood and the tribe are actively on improving the roads. Plus increased security for residents of the local area and visitors to the casino.
A temporary alcohol license was granted last year when the casino opened.
The casino operates 24 hours daily. However, alcohol is served only from 10 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.
Hollywood Casino opened one year ago with a temporary license to serve alcohol. The casino is open 24 hours a day, serving alcohol from 10 a.m. until 1:30 a.m
On November 24, the new license goes into effect.
October 10, 2016
On Monday the $400 million Hollywood Casino Jamul-San Diego opened.
The casino is located on land owned by the Jamul Indian Village off of SR-94. It is close to 20 miles from San Diego. Penn National Gaming will be the operating company. The company currently operates 27 additional casinos.
43 gaming tables and 1,700 slot machines are in operation at the 200,000 square-foot casino. Of the seven restaurants, one of them is the Tony Gwynn's Sports Pub. Over 1,000 people are employed at the 3-story tall casino complex.
Concerns of traffic congestion have been at the forefront of arguments against the gaming complex. An agreement was made between Caltrans and the tribe that road improvements would be made. $23 million will be paid by the tribe for the road improvements. Construction on the roadway to the casino caused major traffic issues for drivers visiting on opening day
April 4, 2014
January 14, 2014
Just east of San Diego off Route 94, construction has started on a new gaming facility. The $360 million casino will be the Hollywood Casino Jamul. It will be owned by and operated by Penn National Gaming.
Penn National Gaming has partnered with the Jamul Indian Village. Penn National will be the operating management company for the casino. However, approval still needs to be given by the National Indian Gaming Commission.
In 1999 a compact for gaming was signed by the state of California and the tribe.
The gaming complex is planned to be 200,000 square feet and three stories tall.
Plans for improving traffic are also being made. New routes for construction vehicles are being developed to help minimize any incontinence to surrounding areas. Also Route 94 is being improved. This will help with the increased traffic by people visiting the casino.
April 11, 2009
SAN DIEGO - The Jamul Indian band has dropped a lawsuit pending in San Diego federal court that accused California officials of meddling with its casino plans. Neither side explained the circumstances behind the joint request to dismiss the case.
A spokesman for the Caltrans said he can not talk about the case until the judge agreed to dismiss it. Tribal officials were not available for comment.
However, a lawyer for a group of neighbors opposed to the casino said the Jamul Indian band agreed to submit its plans to a state environmental review.
"The key result here is that there is no federal court ruling advancing the tribe's interest," said Stephan Volker, lawyer for Jamulians Against the Casino. "Instead, their lawsuit has been dismissed, which, from my perspective, is a complete victory for the public and the environment."
The key issue in the case was whether state officials could review the casino plans.
"That's not their business," said Jamul tribal Chairman Kenneth Meza last December. "They just need to know who's going in and going out."
The lawsuit was positioned as a battle between tribal and state governments to decide what happens within their jurisdictions. The tribe argued that federal law and tribal sovereignty exempted its casino plans from state review. State officials threatened to block access to the casino if the tribe did not compensate for the impact of additional traffic. Jamul Indian Village lies on a curvy and hilly section of state Route 94, about 20 miles from downtown San Diego.
Tribal officials planned to use the reservation's existing driveway, but Caltrans wanted them to build a driveway across non-reservation land the tribe owns nearby.
The dismissal of the lawsuit was signed by both sides and may be a sign of a settlement, according to Kathryn Rand, an Indian gaming expert and a law professor at the University of North Dakota.
"Perhaps the state said that given a good outcome on the environmental impact statement, they would do something in return, they would reach some compromise on the access," Rand said.
April 3, 2009
SAN DIEGO - The Jamul tribe's plan to build a large casino 20 miles east of downtown San Diego became more complicated last month with a U.S.
Supreme Court ruling that bars the Secretary of the Interior Department from taking tribal land into federal trust for tribes that were federally recognized after 1934. The transfer of land into federal trust grants tribal sovereignty and permission to gaming
Jamul Indians owned 6 acres which have already been transferred into federal trust. However, the tribe did not appear on federal lists in 1934, when the Indian Reorganization Act passed. Instead, the tribe was recognized through their ratification of a tribal constitution approved by the department in July 1981. The following year the Interior secretary included Jamul on the master list of federally recognized tribes. Then the tribe's 6-acre reservation was taken into federal trust in two separate actions finalized in 1978 and 1982.
Jamul Indian Village Chairman Kenneth Meza compared the Supreme Court's decision to the federal government's history of broken treaties with Indian tribes.
"It was a terrible decision," he said. "It sets us back 100 years." But
Meza believes the ruling will not end of the tribe's reservation or its plans for a casino.
Indian law expert Kathryn Rand said, "Those questions might ultimately be decided in favor of the tribe, but . . . they are dependent upon the particular circumstances surrounding the tribe's recognition and the land taken into trust."
Matthew Fletcher, a law professor and director of the Indigenous Law & Policy Center at Michigan State University, agrees that Jamul's land taken into trust appear secures, despite the decision. He cites the federal Quiet Title Act which provides a six-year statute of limitations for such legal challenges.
In addition to impact of the Supreme Court ruling, the financial backer, Lakes Entertainment, says the casino project will be delayed at least five years because of financial concerns and a lawsuit over access to the casino site.
February 10, 2009
SAN DIEGO, CA - A federal judge ruled last month that Caltrans has unjustly imposed a requirement for a full environmental impact study on the tribe's plans to build a casino 25 minutes from downtown San Diego. The Jamul Indian Village had sued for an injunction to stop Caltrans from blocking access onto the reservation if it proceeds with construction without an impact study.
U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw denied Caltrans' motion to dismiss the lawsuit. Caltrans argued the casino violated their state sovereignty and jurisdiction over the highway system
The judge wrote: "The tribe merely seeks a declaration of its rights and an injunction restraining defendants from acting contrary to federal law."
"It reiterates what we felt, that they were treating us in a discriminatory way," said Jamul Council Member Richard Tellow.
November 25, 2008
SAN DIEGO, CA - The Jamul Indian Village, which plans to build a casino on their reservation 25 minutes east of downtown San Diego, has filed a complaint in the U.S. Southern District Court against the California Department of Transportation for restricting access to the casino site.
The complaint alleges Caltrans has imposed state laws on sovereign reservation land by requiring a permit application, environmental studies and detailed construction plans to be cleared by the department.
Caltrans says these are not "special requirement for the tribe but is the method the department uses for all development, public or private, that has impacts on the state highway system."
The proposed entrance to the casino lies on treacherous segment of California State Highway
94 and has blind spots in both directions. It will require Caltrans to install stoplights and turn lanes to meet safety requirments.
The tribe believes Caltrans is reacting to pressure from non-Native residents to block the casino.
June 25, 2008
JAMUL, CA - A proposed Indian casino within 20 miles of downtown San Diego has been fighting a fierce opposition for the past 15 years. The casino would be built on the 6-acre reservation of the Jamul Indian Village just off Highway 94.
The latest obstacle is a request to Caltrans for a casino driveway on busy state Route 94. The request was rejected. Caltrans tribal liaison Mark Bobotis said the driveway just won't work where the tribe is building it. "It's not an adequate access for operation of a casino," Bobotis said. Caltrans wants an environmental review on alternatives and the impact on traffic. The study could take several years.
Here is a 15-year summary to establish this casino.
Jamul tribe partners with Station Casinos Inc. to build a casino on its reservation.
Agreement with Station Casinos put on indefinite hold.
Jamul tribe and 10 other local tribes sign Indian gaming compacts with Governor Gray Davis.
Jamul tribe partners with Lakes Entertainment Inc., to build a $100 million hotel-casino on its reservation.
Jamul tribe applies to the federal government to place 101 acres adjacent to the reservation into federal trust.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger opposes tribe's reservation expansion. The National Indian Gaming Act gives the governor veto power over this expansion.
Jamul tribe revises plans and proposes building a 30-story hotel-casino on its six-acre reservation.
Jamul tribe revises plans to half the 30-story height with some parking underground.
Jamul tribe evicts last Indians living on the reservation, nonmembers who had challenged tribal leadership.
Jamul Tribe revises plans and proposes a smaller casino with 1,000 bingo-based machines, which would not require approval from state and local officials.
Caltrans rejects a tribal request for a stoplight and turn lanes on state Route 94 and needs more information.
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