Tribal lawsuit reveals sheriff threatened to block access to reservations

SAN DIEGO — A lawsuit filed by one of San Diego County’s tribes reveals that COVID-19 was already spreading among casino employees and patrons in the early days of the pandemic and that Sheriff Bill Gore, in an effort to get casinos to close their doors, threatened to restrict access to tribal lands.The Aug. 6 suit was filed by the Jamul Indian Village Development Corp. — the company that operates the Jamul Casino and a branch of the Jamul Indian Village’s tribal government — against its insurance provider, Lexington Insurance Co.While arguing that Lexington had wrongly refused to reimburse th…

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