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

A Taking of County Land

You are receiving this as a supporter of Santa Ynez Valley Concerned Citizens and as a member of a community being challenged for their right to preserve our county's property. Please read the following carefully and keep yourself informed. At the end of the POLO message which follows below is an appeal, which SYVCC echos: 1) We need your appearance and support at the August 20 Board of Supervisor's meeting; and, 2) Please send your email of opposition to BOS Chair, Salud Carbajal. SYVCC thanks you for your time and efforts on behalf of the entire community.

The following are links to three news articles regarding the Camp 4 issue, water rights, BOS dialogue with the Chumash:

1. Chumash land tops agenda for supervisors by Nora K. Wallace, Santa Barbara News-Press Staff Writer Aug. 18, 2013
2. Letters: Opinion: County should cancel 'government to government' talks by Nancy Crawford-Hall
3. Letters: Opinion: The battle over Camp 4

We are also forwarding you the following message to the Santa Ynez Community from POLO concerning the Chumash Application to BIA to Annex Camp 4 to Reservation.


August 16, 2013, Santa Ynez, Ca: Santa Ynez Band of Mission Chumash Indians (Chumash Casino) claims entitlement to "Tribal Land Consolidation and Acquisition Plan" ("TCA") that includes thousands more acres, in addition to the 1,400 acres.

P.O.L.O. has obtained the Santa Ynez Band's application to take 1,400 acres ("Camp 4"), into federal trust. Their stated purpose is to remove the land from local and state jurisdiction and place it under their tribal jurisdiction.

In addition to the impact of this 1,400 acre fee-to-trust application, we would like to call your attention specifically to page 6 of the application, last paragraph referring to an "approved Tribal Land Consolidation and Acquisition Plan (TCA)" and Exhibits C and D. Exhibit C includes "Approval of Proposed Land Consolidation and Acquisition Plan Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians". Exhibit D is a map that overlays thousands of acres of land in this TCA.

The designation of this acreage as "TCA" could be the first step. Santa Ynez Band Chairman Vincent Armenta has claimed entitlement of land from Morro Bay to Malibu. This is especially troubling given the potential water rights claims that could impact not only the Santa Ynez Valley, but also Montecito, Santa Barbara, Carpenteria, Goleta, and Lompoc. Other cities could also be affected.

1,400 Application, including "TCA" MAP

(Please allow time to download the document) To see the map, go to exhibit D in the above application.

We do not know what effect this "TCA" might have on properties.

If you have property in the area of this map overlay, we urge you to contact your attorney.

On Tuesday, August 20th , Supervisor Carbajal has placed on the agenda, the following:
"HEARING - Consider the letter to the Board of Supervisors received by Chairman Carbajal from Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Chairman Vincent Armenta requesting a government to government dialogue and provide direction."

It is critical that you attend the Tues. August 20th meeting.
9:00 AM
105 East Anapamu Street
Santa Barbara, Ca. 93101

For more information, contact Supervisor Salud Cabajal.

1st District: Salud Carbajal, Chair

Phone: (805) 568-2186

Fax: (805) 568-2534

Email Supervisor Carbajal

Santa Ynez Valley Concerned Citizens