Gov. Jerry Brown has signed an updated compact with the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation near El Cajon that regulates licensing, compliance enforcement and mitigation of the impacts of gaming on communities near the reservation.

The deal is similar to those the state has with other tribes, and supersedes a previous agreement with Sycuan that took effect in 1999.

The governor’s office said today the compact provides incentives for revenue sharing with — and mutual support of — local jurisdictions for fire, emergency medical services, law enforcement, public transit, infrastructure improvements, education and other services that serve the needs of the community.

The agreement also includes terms to stimulate investments in renewable energy or water conservation projects, non-gaming-related economic development and health care facilities that benefit the tribe and the local community.

Also in the deal is a continued commitment by Sycuan to share revenue with tribes that have limited or no gaming facilities so that economic benefits reach tribal governments that don’t operate a casino.

“The new compact represents a respectful, government to government negotiation that mutually benefits the state, tribe, and local community,” Sycuan Tribal Chairman Cody Martinez said.

“Through this compact, our tribe will be on more secure financial footing, allowing us to continue our incredible partnerships with nonprofits, local governments and community-based organizations,” Martinez said. “It allows us to continue providing excellent jobs and benefits to our employees, and vital governmental services like education, healthcare and police and fire protection to members of our tribe, employees and customers.”

The former deal was set to expire in 2020. The new one runs to December 2040.

Sycuan, located just east of El Cajon, is one of three tribes that offer casino gaming and entertainment in the East County foothills, along with Barona, near Lakeside, and Viejas, east of Alpine. A fourth major casino is under construction near Jamul.

— City News Service

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Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.