(Guest opinion from Santa Ynez Valley Coalition member Mike Brady)
An open letter to state Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson:
The Santa Barbara County government and Santa Ynez Valley residents are making every effort to accommodate the Chumash Tribe’s stated objective of 143 houses and a tribal center.
At the same, we hoped that the tribe, as our neighbors, would accept the basics of land use in the Valley and, just as important, agree to pay the costs created by its intended development.
In February, as the county and tribal staffs were discussing ways to resolve the problems generated by the tribe’s “fee to trust” plan for Camp 4, the tribe sponsored AB 653 in the California Legislature. (Click here to read full article)