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

URGENT - Supervisors to make crucial decision on CAMP 4 - PLEASE READ AND ACT NOW!

We urgently need your help! We are now at the tipping point in the battle for our Valley! The Board of Supervisors needs to hear from you - ASAP! Your letters and emails count! The Chumash Casino Tribe is putting pressure on County government to enter into negotiations regarding the 1400 acre Camp 4 property at the intersection of Highways 154 and 246 so they can claim local support for their federal (legislative) annexation of Camp 4. Please help us encourage the Board of Supervisors to NOT enter into dialogue with the tribe and therein facilitate removal of a large portion of our undeveloped valley land from County jurisdiction. Such action would pave the way for unobstructed commercial development of this prominent rural agricultural property and destroy the rural character and charm of our unique and special valley. PLEASE INVEST A FEW MINUTES OF YOUR TIME TO READ THIS EMAIL. WE MUST ACT NOW!

At the end of this email is a link to an August 7, 2013 letter from Chumash chairman, Vince Armenta to the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors (BOS) informing the BOS that the tribe is proceeding with annexation of the Camp 4 property.

Please see the Santa Ynez Valley Concerned Citizens (SYVCC) background on our reasons for opposing annexation.

At their Tuesday, August 20, meeting the Board of Supervisors will “consider” entering ‘government to government’ dialogue with the Chumash. As explained in a letter from Santa Barbara Attorney Jim Marino, this is not legally allowable. We understand that some members on our Board of Supervisors favor the tribe at the expense of what annexation would mean to the entire county.  As explained in the SYVCC background, we believe the tribe’s motivation to initiate dialogue with the BOS is the federal government requirement for the tribe to show they have ‘local support’ (ie, from the BOS) before the federal government will consider legislative annexation.

The BOS wants to hear from the community. They prefer emails. Please send your email to: sbcob@co.santa-barbara.ca.us.  Please have family members send separate emails. They do not have to be lengthy. Numbers count. If you prefer to send a letter, the address is:  Santa Barbara Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, 105 E. Anapamu St. Room 407, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. TO BE COUNTED, YOUR EMAIL/LETTER MUST BE RECEIVED AT THE COUNTY BY THIS COMING WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14.

PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT NOW TO WRITE YOUR SHORT EMAIL/LETTER. DO NOT RELY ON YOUR NEIGHBOR TO DO IT. WE MUST ALL TAKE PART IN THIS CRUCIAL ENDEAVOR.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
SANTA YNEZ VALLEY CONCERNED CITIZENS

August 8, 2013 Letter to Supervisor Carbajal from Chumash Tribe re: "government to government agreement" and recent application to the BIA for Fee to Trust transfer of Camp 4 property