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Local government’s most important functions are protecting the quality of life and public safety for all of its citizens while assisting in the creation of economic opportunity. In the Santa Ynez Valley in Santa Barbara County, a single special interest is seeking the ability to develop massive commercial and residential development on a large parcel of agricultural land it owns. The potential development of this property is on a scale never before seen in the Santa Ynez Valley and threatens property values, the economic viability of the surrounding area and will create a tax burden on all County citizens. A potential additional impact includes exacerbating existing drinking water shortages resulting from potentially unprecedented demand.