We just wanted to send you a quick note to remind you about the public meeting TOMORROW, Thursday, Oct. 5, at 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Solvang Veterans Memorial Building 1745 Mission Drive Solvang. The County has released the draft Camp 4 agreementand you should review it.
We know how valuable your time is, but these public meetings are important and we hope you will attend.
At the Board of Supervisors meeting yesterday, the community was promised answers at this meeting to the questions previously asked. Below are key questions about the proposed agreement for your consideration. The community deserves answers to these and the other questions at this meeting – not at some point in the future on a website.
- What happens after 2040? The agreement expires in 2040. What happens then? Is the Tribe then allowed to do anything it wants on Camp 4, including building the massive amount of commercial development like it proposed in March 2016 and/or another Casino?
- What guarantees do residents have that open space and ag land will be protected?The agreement references the land uses spelled out in Alternative B of the Environmental Assessment (EA) and notes that land will be preserved as open space and ag use. Once the land is in trust, as indicated in the agreement, then under tribal sovereignty anything can be changed even before 2040.
- What happens if federal legislation is not enacted? The agreement assumes that H.R. 1491 will be amended to incorporate the terms of the agreement. What happens if H.R. 1491 is neither appropriately amended or is not enacted, is the agreement moot or subject to change by a future County Board of Supervisors and Tribal Council?
- Where is the prohibition on future casinos? The agreement contains no specific prohibition against gaming on Camp 4. Has the County given up on opposing the expansion of gaming in the Santa Ynez Valley?