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Santa Ynez Valley
Concerned Citizens
P.O. Box 244
Santa Ynez, CA 93460

Oppose Legislative Annexation of Camp 4 - Oppose House of Rep. Bill H.R. 3313

(Edit Nov. 25, 2013 to include sample letters for use in communicazting to the below representatives.)

As you are probably already aware, the Santa Ynez Band of Mission Indians (Chumash) has now chosen to avoid for now their Camp 4 Fee-to-Trust (annexation) application submitted to the BIA and, instead, attempt the “legislative” route for annexation of Camp 4.

The “legislative” process requires someone in Congress to sponsor a bill to annex the land.   Congressman Doug LaMalfa (California 1st District – Redding area) was lobbied by the Chumash to sponsor the Camp 4 annexation bill (H.R. 3313).  The sponsor (LaMalfa) and 3 of the 5 co-sponsors (listed below) are members of the congressional Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs, which will consider the bill.  In slight simplification, because our congressional representative, Lois Capps, has voiced opposition to annexation of Camp 4 and not voiced her approval for H.R. 3313 to proceed in Committee, the bill has not been taken up by the Committee (the next step in the legislative process).

In order to pressure the Subcommittee to proceed with passage of H.R. 3313, the Chumash Tribal Council has prepared the attached 4 letters, all dated November 12, 2013 with each letter covering a different argument in favor of annexation.  (The 4 letters are addressed to Congressman Doc Hastings, Chair of the Natural Resources Committee.  The Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs operates under the Natural Resources Committee.)    

CASINO EMPLOYEES WERE GIVEN ORIGINAL, UNSIGNED COPIES OF THESE FOUR LETTERS AND ASKED TO SIGN BUT NOT MAIL THEM.   THEY WERE TOLD TO RETURN THE SIGNED LETTERS TO THEIR SUPERVISOR FOR FORWARDING TO CONGRESSMAN HASTINGS.  In other words, casino employees, many of whom do not live here and are job-dependent, are being coerced by their employer (the tribe) to sign the letters and return them to their supervisors (who can report to the tribal council whether or not an employee signed the letters).  A casino employee who abhors annexation of Camp 4 brought these originals to SYVCC.

Chumash 11-12-13 Employee Letter - Board of Supervisors
Chumash 11-12-13 Employee Letter - Historical Justification
Chumash 11-12-13 Employee Letter - Housing
Chumash 11-12-13 Employee Letter - Property Taxes

Numbers count!  If even 1000 of the 1600+ casino employees sign the letters, that is 4,000 letters going to Congress in support of annexation.

THIS IS ONE OF THE FEW OPPORTUNITIES WE WHO LIVE IN THIS VALLEY WILL HAVE TO VOICE OUR OPPOSITION TO LEGISLATIVE ANNEXATION OF CAMP 4.  IT IS GOING TO TAKE EVERY ONE OF US, EVERYONE, WORKING TO THWART THIS INVASION BY PEOPLE WITH NO INTEREST IN OUR COUNTY WELFARE.  THE VAST MAJORITY OF THE VALLEY POPULATION HAS DEMONSTRATED THEIR DESIRE TO HAVE THE CAMP 4 PROPERTY REMAIN UNDER COUNTY JURISDICTION.  THE PEOPLE IN WASHINGTON, D.C. LISTED BELOW NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU!

(Edited Nov. 25, 2013)

There are many people out there that want to support our community by writing letters to the six Congressmen that sponsored or co-sponsored Bill H.R. 3313 ---  but don¹t have time or don¹t know where to start in writing one.

In hopes of helping those people out, Robin Deshayes was kind enough to write a sample letter for people to use.   She wrote a great letter and it is being passed on for anyone who would like to use it.

I have attached two letters, a long version (Microsoft Word document) and a shorter version (Microsoft Word document). Please feel free to use either and to pass them on to anyone you think might want to use them.
 
The letter of your choice MUST BE FAXED OR MAILED to the following Congressmen. (You cannot email them unless you live in their district.)

The valley needs their voice to be heard in Congress.  Please send your letter NOW in opposition to Camp 4 annexation, in opposition to H.R. 3313 to, highlighting the misrepresentations in the Chumash prepared letters:

The Honorable Doc Hastings
Natural Resources Committee Chair
United States House of Representatives
1203 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, D.C.  20515

With copies to:

Senator Dianne Feinstein
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC  20510
Phone:  202-224-3841
Fax:  202-228-3954
Email via internet:  feinstein.senate.gov

Senator Barbara Boxer
112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC  20510
Phone:  202-224-3553
Email via internet:  boxer.senate.gov

Congresswoman Lois Capps
301 E. Carrillo St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone:  805-730-1710
Fax:  805-730-1710
Email Aide:  rachel.kondor@mail.house.gov
Email via internet:  capps.house.gov

Supervisor Doreen Farr
County Board of Supervisors
105 E. Anapamu St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Phone:  805-568-2192
Fax:  805-568-2883
dfarr@countyofsb.org

The Honorable Jerry Brown
Office of the Governor
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814

H.R. 3313 Sponsor:  
*Doug LaMalfa  D-CA 1st District
506 Cannon Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone:  202-225-3076
Email via internet:  lamalfa.house.gov

H.R. 3313 Co-sponsors:  
*Paul Ruiz  D-CA 36th District (Palm Springs/Coachella Valley area)
1319 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone:   202-225-5330
Email via internet:  ruiz.house.gov

Jeff Denham  R-CA 10th District (Stanislaus/San Joaquin area)
1730 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC  20515
Phone:  202-225-4540
Email via internet:  denham.house.gov

David Valadao  R-CA 21st District (Central Valley area – Fresno/Bakersfield)
1004 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC  20515
Phone:  202-225-4695
Email via internet:  valadao.house.gov

*Tony Cardenas D-CA 29th District (San Fernando Valley area)
1508 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC  20515
Phone:  202-225-6131
Email via internet:  cardenas.house.gov

*Joe Garcia  D-Florida 26th District (South Florida)
1440 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC  20515
Phone:  202-225-2778
Email via internet:  garcia.house.gov


*Members of Subcommittee on Indian and Alaska Native Affairs