(Santa Ynez, Calif.) Below is the statement of Santa Ynez Valley Coalition Chair Bill Krauch presented today at the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors meeting in Santa Barbara.
Thank you for the opportunity to share with you the views of the Santa Ynez Valley Coalition regarding the proposed Memorandum of Agreement between Santa Barbara County and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. Coalition member organizations represent the views of thousands of Santa Ynez Valley residents and include: Santa Ynez Valley Concerned Citizens, No More Slots, and WE Watch.The mission of the Santa Ynez Valley Coalition is to ensure that Santa Ynez Valley residents have a voice in land use decisions affecting our water, environment, public safety, and economy. We oppose “Fee to Trust” efforts by the Chumash Indians.
The mission of the Santa Ynez Valley Coalition is to ensure that Santa Ynez Valley residents have a voice in land use decisions affecting our water, environment, public safety, and economy. We oppose “Fee to Trust” efforts by the Chumash Indians.
The process you are considering for the consideration and approval of this agreement troubles us. After months of closed-door meetings, the public was only able to review the MOA late last week, and the Board will consider and act on it 2 weeks from today. Also, at the meeting last week, many questions were asked and responses were promised. To date, none of those questions have been answered.
As Supervisor Hartmann noted last week, the MOA is based on thousands of pages of documents and required the extensive efforts of lawyers and professionals working for the County and the Tribe to draft. And now, you are expecting county citizens who are volunteering their time and effort to drop everything they are doing to review and comment on the MOA and the corresponding “thousand’s of pages documents” upon which it is based? The process you are considering is patently absurd. [Read more…]