Rincon Tribe Partners with UC San Diego Health to Offer All Employees the Covid-19 Vaccine

Valley Center, CA… The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians announced today that they will be offering the Covid-19 Vaccine to all Government employees, Harrah’s Resort SoCal employees and tribal members on Friday, April 9, 2021 from 7:00am – 3:00pm at the Rincon Government Center located at One Government Center Lane in Valley Center. 

“It is our continued goal to protect the health and safety of all of our employees and our tribal people,” stated Chairman Bo Mazzetti of the Rincon Tribe.  “We are encouraging all of our employees and tribal members to receive the vaccine to ensure their health and well-being. We are committed to our employees and strongly believe it is our responsibility to establish a safe working environment.”

“A pillar in the San Diego community, the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians continue to support and stand behind our team and our extended family at Harrah’s Resort SoCal, as they have throughout the pandemic,” said Robert Livingston General Manager of Harrah’s Resort SoCal.  “The Tribe continues to champion the health and prosperity of Funner, California, and this community vaccination initiative is just one more example of that dedication to our community. We hope this significant step brings us one leap closer to being able to return to pre-Covid operations.”

UC San Diego Health will be administering vaccines to all interested employees over the age of 18.  Strong confidence in vaccines within communities leads to more people getting vaccinated, which leads to fewer Covid- illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths.   “Whoever thought a little virus would teach us humility?  Whoever thought a little virus would show us how much we will miss our loved ones?  Whoever thought a little virus would teach us how much we would miss our way of life prior to the pandemic?  Whoever thought a little virus would highlight the inequality of the populations impacted by this pandemic?  Whoever thought a little virus would teach us that collaboration and teamwork are the only way to beat it?  Whoever thought a village could accomplish so much against this invisible foe?  These community partnerships like the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians and UC San Diego Health is the village to take the steps back to some sense of normal,” expressed Lydia Ikeda, Sr. Director, COVID Operations for UCSD Health.

“Rincon was the first tribe in California to work with local county officials to develop a Memorandum of Understanding early in the pandemic and we continue to help in turning the curve by offering the vaccination clinic,” said Vice Chair Tishmall Turner of the Rincon Tribe.  “We are thankful to the partnership with UCSD Health to be able to offer the clinic onsite.”

ABOUT THE RINCON TRIBE

The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians is a sovereign government recognized by the United States of America. The Tribe owns Harrah’s Resort Southern California and uses profits from this and other commercial enterprises to provide government services including police and law enforcement; economic development; healthcare and culture programs; and a tribal court.

Mazzetti and Turner Re-elected to Rincon Tribal Council

From the January/February 2021 issue of the Rincon Voice


The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians rang in the New Year with a new addition to the Council, following an election where three seats were up for nominations.  The seats that were up for election were chairperson, vice-chairperson and a council seat. The Rincon Tribal elections were held on December 12, 2020 at the Rincon Government Center.

Bo Mazzetti was re-elected for another 2-year term as Chairman, making this his sixth consecutive term. He has been serving as Chairman of the tribe for fourteen years, since 2007. This is a very exciting year for Chairman Mazzetti; he has high hopes for the future and many things planned for the tribe.

“I am honored that my people allowed me to serve as their Chairman again for another term,” stated Chairman Bo Mazzetti.  “I look forward to continuing many of the projects the council has initiated over the past year. I am optimistic about the coming year and the path back to normal day to day living for everyone. I also look forward to developing and exchanging opportunities with our surrounding communities.”

Tishmall Turner was also re-elected as Vice-Chairwoman for her third consecutive term. She is a hard-working, dedicated and kind individual who is focused on the tribe.

Joseph Linton has been elected to serve on the tribal council, this will be his first term.  He ran against three other candidates for the council seat.  

“As a member of the Council and the Culture Committee, I am dedicated to helping the people of Rincon. I would like to thank the tribal members for the opportunity to represent and serve Rincon. It is a pleasure and honor to be selected as the newest council member,” stated Councilmember Joe Linton.

The Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians is governed by a 5-member council, which is elected by the general membership. Each individual serves for two years before being up for re-election.

Rincon Fire Chief Ed Hadfield Recognized for 35 years of Fire Service

From the January/February 2021 issue of the Rincon Voice



Dedication, commitment, excellence, courage and perseverance. On January 8th the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians in conjunction with the offices of California Senator Brian Jones, Assembly Woman Marie Waldron, and Supervisor Jim Desmond, all recognized Rincon Fire Chief Ed Hadfield for 35 years in the California fire service.

Ed Hadfield was born in the City of Los Angeles where he was raised primarily by his single mother, who put herself through college, and became a Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff in the early 70’s. She later married her husband, Ed’s stepfather, who as an LAPD Officer. Ed was active in football throughout his high school career. He attributes his direction to the fire service to the strong positive influences in his life.

From an early age, Hadfield knew he wanted to be a firefighter. His journey in fire service started in 1986 at the Los Angeles County Fire Department at Camp 8. He was a Fire Suppression Aide, also referred to as a Wildland Firefighter.  Over the past 35 years, Chief Hadfield has worked every position and held every rank in the professional fire services. “I held positions in fire agencies in four separate counties including; Los Angeles, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara. I’ve responded to some of the largest wildfires in all of the State of California, Earthquakes (Northridge), Riots (Los Angeles 1992), Major High Rise Fires, commanded large Commercial and Industrial Fires and large scale technical rescues. My favorite position was as a firefighter driving the rear of a hook and ladder (Tiller) truck for the City of Huntington Beach,” Chief Hadfield recalls.

He has served the Rincon Tribe as Fire Chief of the Rincon Fire Department for over five years and has plans to be around for many more. “I absolutely love being the Fire Chief at the Rincon Fire Department and this department and the people I get to work with are the best I have ever been a part of.” Chief Hadfield states, “We are a true team and Rincon Fire Department is recognized on a national, state and regional level as leaders in our industry.”

When asked what the service award means to him, Chief Hadfield responded, “Being a firefighter is the greatest gift I have ever been given. Every day, I wake up and I am truly excited to go to work. The people of the Rincon Tribe, the Government and the members of the Fire Department are the absolute best and most supportive people any Fire Chief could ask for. Serving the Rincon Tribe is rewarding to a level that is difficult to describe. We get to know people of the reservation on a personal name basis, which makes our job even better. The Council is highly supportive and engaged in the departments’ success and growth. As for being recognized for 35 years of service, I’m thankful to be part of an outstanding team of professionals that make each day feel like it’s my first day on the job.”

He has lived most of his adult life in San Diego County where he is a single father of two great children.

The Rincon and San Pasqual Tribes Celebrate the Unveiling of the Inter-Tribal Ambulance Service

First of its kind in the State of CA

Valley Center, CA… The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians and the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians will celebrate the unveiling of the first Inter-Tribal Ambulance Service on Friday, January 8, 2021 at the Rincon Fire Station located at 33485 Valley Center Road in San Diego County.

Inter-tribal Ambulance Service (IAS) is the first of its kind in the State of California where two Tribal Governments have worked together to provide enhanced paramedic level of care and ambulance service as a joint venture. As things progress, benchmarks and evaluations will take into account the ability and the opportunity to expand services to other reservations and areas within the County of San Diego.

“We cannot be more excited to be celebrating our partnership with San Pasqual which will serve and benefit our tribal members and our surrounding communities,” stated Bo Mazzetti, Chairman of the Rincon Tribe. “Having our own ambulance service means faster response times, saving more lives and high quality care for our tribal people and neighbors. This is a win- win for all.”

The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians and the San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians entered into an agreement to establish a jointly owned and operated Advanced Life Support Paramedic Ambulance Service. The two tribes worked together to establish and operate a fully functional Rescue-Ambulance staffed 24/7 with full-time Career Firefighter Paramedics who will provide the highest level of all risk care and service. Staffing with fulltime dual function Firefighters and Firefighter Paramedics enhance the ability to provide high level quality advanced life support measures to those who live, work and play in both communities. Additionally, the unit will be dispatched by the state- of- the-art fire communication center (North Comm JPA) which will have the ability to track and communicate vital information to responders through an advanced Computer Aided Dispatch System and Advanced Vehicle Location Systems.

“This joint venture will allow the tribes to provide dedicated ambulance services to its Tribal Members and reservation residents with increased responsiveness to their emergency and medical needs,” expressed Chairman Steve Cope of the San Pasqual Tribe. “We applaud this action where tribes are working together using their skills and resources for the betterment and increased safety of their people.”

“Having our own advanced life support ambulance allows us better coordination and control over our own assets,” said Chief Ed Hadfield of the Rincon Fire Department. “While we operate with surrounding agencies, providing the highest level of service, coordination and control of our own assets places our communities as a priority.”

The Rincon Fire Department will oversee the day-to-day staffing and operations. Having a rescue ambulance staffed with Firefighter Paramedics dedicated to serving the two communities is critical to advanced care. At no cost to taxpayers, Rincon’s public safety operations respond to emergencies in the neighboring communities, with more than a majority of calls generating outside of the Reservation.

ABOUT THE RINCON TRIBE

The Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians is a sovereign government recognized by the United States of America. The Tribe owns Harrah’s Resort Southern California and uses profits from this and other commercial enterprises to provide government services including police and law enforcement; economic development; healthcare and culture programs; and a tribal court. Rincon’s tribal enterprises are significant contributors to the San Diego County economy through job creation, tax generation, purchase of local products and services and charitable donations.