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Santa Ynez Valley
P.O. Box 244
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
To SYVCC Supporters,
SYVCC would like to update you on the present status of two tribal issues our community is presently dealing with: 1) Chumash casino/hotel expansion; and, 2) Camp 4 Fee-to-Trust annexation, and what you can do to help mitigate the impacts from the two issues.
1. Chumash casino/hotel expansion: As you are no doubt already aware, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians (Chumash) have chosen to ignore the strong opposition from the County Board of Supervisors, SYV Concerned Citizens and many, many other community groups, and are proceeding with doubling the casino size and adding a 12-story Las Vegas-style hotel. (For details copy and paste into your browser: https://santabarbara.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1933958&GUID=227CED86-5B63-41BB-9DC1-040824345F3E) This hotel/casino expansion project completely ignores development guidelines of the 2010 Valley Community Plan.
At the October 7, 2014 Board of Supervisors meeting, the supervisors voted 3-2 (Farr, Wolf, Adam/Yes; Carbajal, Lavagnino/No) to protest the Chumash expansion project via a letter to Governor Brown requesting a "meet and confer" conference (allowed under the Tribal Compact) to consider the county’s requested impact mitigations. This action is pending, presently awaiting response from the governor's office.
SYVCC was active and present at the October 7 meeting, pleading with the supervisors to stand up for the citizens of this county and protest this expansion project to the governor.
What you can do to help:
1) Write, email, telephone Governor Brown's office with a simple statement of opposition to the Chumash casino/hotel expansion project. Contact info is at the end of this letter.
2) Write, email, telephone all five supervisors. Congratulate Farr, Wolf, and Adam for their support of the community and encourage them to stand strong. Question Carbajal and Lavagnino as to why they did not support the 450,000+ citizens of Santa Barbara County vs 137 Chumash tribal members and let them know their action has consequences with future voter support.
As this issue moves forward, we will continue to need support from these supervisors. It is vital that they hear from the citizens; that they know we are aware of their actions; that we care about development in our community.
2. Chumash Annexation (Fee-To-Trust) of Camp 4 (approximately 2 miles from the casino/hotel): Despite over-whelming opposition from the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors, SYV Concerned Citizens and numerous other community activists, we anticipate momentary approval by the US Dept. of Interior Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) of the Chumash request for Camp 4 annexation. At their October 7 Board of Supervisors meeting, the county voted 3-2 (Farr, Wolf, Adam/Yes; Carbajal, Lavagnino/No) to initiate legal action if and when the BIA approves Camp 4 annexation. Others, including SYVCC, are imminently prepared to initiate legal action to challenge any BIA annexation approval.
SYVCC has continued to work quietly in the background preparing for the inevitable legal suit. We have worked on your behalf and endeavored to inform, mobilize and engage local, state and federal officials. SYVCC has worked with grassroots community organizations like POLO, WE WATCH, the Valley Alliance and many others to fairly present and argue the concerns of the greater Santa Ynez Valley on this life-changing issue. We have successfully fought to obtain and nurture a majority on our County Board of Supervisors. We lobbied in Washington DC and successfully engaged both our Congressional and Senate representatives. We have done all this on a shoe string budget based largely on the work of dedicated volunteers
Support from our board of supervisors in opposing Camp 4 annexation is vital. Congresswoman Lois Capps has repeatedly stated Camp 4 annexation is a local issue and should be handled on a local (county) basis. It is up to the county supervisors and the community to oppose Camp 4 annexation.
What you can do to help:
1) Write, email, telephone all five supervisors. Congratulate Farr, Wolf, and Adam for their support of the community and encourage them to stand strong. Question Carbajal and Lavagnino as to why they did not support the citizens of Santa Barbara and let them know their action has consequences with future voter support.
2) Follow progress on our website www.syvconcernedcitizens.com.
3) Forward this email to others on your email list to further educate county citizens. Direct them to our website where they can request addition to our list of supporters.
Governor Jerry Brown
Mail: State Capitol, Sacramento, CA 95814
Web page: http://gov.ca.gov
County of Santa Barbara
Board of Supervisors
105 E. Anapamu St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101
1st District: Salud Carbajal
Phone: (805) 568-2186
Fax: (805) 568-2534
2nd District: Janet Wolf, Vice Chair
Phone: (805) 568-2191
Fax: (805) 568-2283
3rd District: Doreen Farr
Phone: (805) 568-2192
Fax: (805) 568-2883
Solvang: (805) 686-5095
Fax: (805) 686-8133
4th District: Peter Adam
Lompoc: (805) 737-7700
Santa Maria: (805) 346-8407
5th District: Steve Lavagnino, Chair
Santa Maria: (805) 346-8400
Fax: (805) 346-8404