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

To SYVCC Supporters:

Regarding the recently announced (December 24, 2014) Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) approval of the Santa Ynez Band of Mission Indians (Chumash) request for Fee-to-Trust (annexation) of the 1,428-acre Camp 4 property, Santa Ynez Valley Concerned Citizens would like you to know we, along with the County of Santa Barbara and others, are processing the legal challenge to this action. The necessary steps to stop this annexation occur via our legal system and while there is little public reporting, SYVCC is actively engaged.

SYVCC has heard from a number of residents asking how they can participate and support these efforts. There are several very important ways to help:

1. Be aware that much of what is being reported are ‘half-truths’. For example, the BIA substantiates their 12/24/2014 Camp 4 annexation approval in part by stating “… we received the following comments: 1. One-thousand sixty-six (1,066) support letters.” What is not stated, as SYVCC substantiated last year to our congressional and local representatives, is that most of these 1,066 letters may have resulted from the 4 form letters (each slightly different but all supporting annexation) reportedly given to casino employees by their supervisors for signature and return to the supervisors for mailing to the BIA. Such action could be construed as employee coercion. (Detailed on SYVCC website posting 11-18-2013)

2. On the Camp 4 issue, so important to the future development of the Santa Ynez Valley, regardless of your political leanings, it is important that our elected officials (Board of Supervisors) hear from citizens. We cannot stress enough how influential each and every phone call, email, or letter is. We urge you to send your viewpoint to all five supervisors. Their contact information is at the end of this email. In particular, thank our District Three supervisor, Doreen Farr, for her continued strong opposition to the removal of County land (tax base) via Camp 4 annexation. Two of the five supervisors, Salud Carbajal (First District, Santa Barbara) and Steve Lavagnino (Fifth District, Santa Maria), continue to vote in favor of the Chumash interests to the detriment of the entire county population.

3. Help grow the grassroots community support base by forwarding this information on to as many of your friends and neighbors as possible. Ask them to add their name to our support list by emailing

4. We are now entering the legal appeal phase against a wealthy and determined tribe, supported by a federal bureaucracy in Washington. There is no doubt that the current federal bureaucracy has been positioned to exclude consideration of the interests and welfare of Santa Barbara County citizens. We have secured legal representation of a top nationally known law firm with experience in this particular field of law. We have a blueprint on how to proceed and are now initiating our appeal on behalf of all County citizens. Legal challenges are expensive and may be lengthy. SYVCC is prudently and conservatively managing its limited financial resources, resulting in minimal expense to our group to date. The legal costs yet to come, however large, are modest relative to the overwhelming damage to our real estate values, quality of life, water resources, social service funding, and the unique environment in the Santa Ynez Valley should this unjust annexation go forward. You are a shareholder in the outcome and it is going to affect you and our way of life.

We strongly believe this is a battle worth fighting. We are asking every county and valley resident to support us in every way possible. While the strong vocal, grass root community opposition to this annexation is essential, the bottom line is that your donation to SYVCC is absolutely vital in making a difference. Please send a generous contribution today! (SYVCC, POBox 244, Santa Ynez, CA 93460. SYVCC is a 501(c)(4) corporation.)

We thank you for your support and efforts on behalf of retaining County land to the betterment of the entire County population.


County of Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors
105 E. Anapamu St.
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Salud Carbajal, Supervisor, First District
Phone: (805)568-2186
Fax: (805)568-2534

Janet Wolf, Supervisor, Second District
Phone: (805) 568-2191
Fax: (805) 568-2283

Doreen Farr, Supervisor, Third District
Phone: (805) 568-2192
Fax: (805) 568-2883
Solvang: (805) 686-5095
Fax: (805) 686-8133

Peter Adam, Supervisor, Fourth District
Lompoc: (805) 737-7700
Santa Maria: (805) 346-8407

Steve Lavagnino, Supervisor, Fifth District
Phone: (805) 346-8400
Fax: (805) 346-8404