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Santa Ynez Valley
P.O. Box 244
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
The Santa Ynez Valley of Concerned Citizens was created in 2000 to represent
and articulate local stakeholders responses to and concerns with the
ever-evolving land use development plans of the Santa Ynez Band of Mission
Indians. Of particular concern were the applications for the taking of
public, taxable lands from Fee to Trust, and their proposed uses and impacts
to the community.
To that end, our campaign began to uphold the Santa Ynez
Valley's tradition of sound community planning and hold all developers to
the same land-use laws and environmental regulations. More than 1,000 people
strong, we are Valley residents and ranchers, businesspeople,
conservationists, in addition to residents from other areas of Santa Barbara
August 27, 2012
Local Group takes issue with Chairman Armenta's Congressional Testimony
[ 2 pages ]
September 18, 2012
SYVCC Response to August 2, 2012 Congressional Committee Oversight Hearing on Indian Lands
August 16, 2012
Amended Notice of Appeal
[ 3 pages ]
May 30, 2012
U.S. Senate Report 112-166 Amending the Act of June 18, 1934
[ 44 pages ]
U.S. Supreme Court Debates Issue (Salazar v. Patchak)
[ 4 pages ]
S.B. County Supervisor Doreen Farr letter to Congressman Don Young
[ 4 pages ]
California AG Kamala Harris Office letter of opposition to tribal annexation
[ 7 pages ]
Governor's Response to Opposition to Annexation
[ 9 pages ]
May 30, 2012
CAMP 4 Annexation - Santa Ynez Valley News Editorial
For what was once a sleepy little paradise tucked away in the hills, the Santa Ynez Valley seems to generate more than its share of high-megaton issues.
The latest explosion is the Camp 4 land dispute. The Chumash tribe has acquired the scenic agricultural property and now wants to develop part of it with homes on ...." See article at:
Santa Ynez Valley News.
May 29, 2012
TO OUR MEMBERS: An ominous bill has been introduced in our state government that would prohibit a state agency from opposing fee-to-trust applications for the purpose of housing, environmental protection, or cultural preservation. If passed, this bill disenfranchises California citizens from due representation by their government.
Santa Ynez Valley Concerned Citizens has sent the following letter of opposition to Senate Bill 162. But that is not enough. Your voices need to be heard. Our legislators listen when volumes of letters and calls are received from voters. Time is of the essence. The hearing date for this bill has been set for as early as June 6, but more likely June 20.
Important: Be sure to send a copy of your letter to our
representatives, Senator Tony Strickland and Assemblyman Das Williams.
Their contact information is listed below.
- Read our letters to Senator Tony Strickland and Assemblyman Das Williams. (A copy of the letter to Sen. Strickland is linked below.)
- Read the bill itself, which is also included in a link below. Here you
can see the amendments that took this bill from an innocuous card room bill
to a bill affecting all citizens of California.
- Read the attached excellently written letter of opposition sent by Supervisor Doreen Farr. This clearly delineates what happened and when.
- Write/email your letter (or call) to as many involved Assembly and
Senate Governmental Organization committee members as you can. These are
the legislators that will hold the hearing on SB162. Their contact
information is attached. You need only write a sentence or two expressing
your opposition to SB162. The numbers of letters received are counted, not
necessarily read, so volume is important. Send one from you, one from your
SB162 has clear negative impacts of tribal annexation in the Santa Ynez Valley, as well as state-wide fee-to-trust implications. We need your voice to be heard loud and clear. Thank you for your efforts.
Santa Ynez Valley Concerned Citizens Board
December 17, 2011
This coming Tuesday (Dec 20, 2011), the Lompoc City Council will be asked to vote in
support of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians annexation of 1,400 acres
in the Santa Ynez Valley.
The Solvang council has already refused to support this Chumash desire for
annexation. Further, the citizenry of the Santa Ynez Valley are
overwhelmingly opposed to the annexation.
Annexation permanently removes property from compliance with county
development laws, and, most importantly, removes the land from the county
tax base. This reduction in tax revenue, in turn, affects tax-funded
services, such as school programs, public safety services, and social
services countywide including Lompoc.
Further information on the negative impact annexation of this 1,400-acre
Camp 4 property would have can be found in the Santa Ynez Valley News Dec. 8
commentary written by county Supervisor Doreen Farr, wherein she urges the
Chumash to not pursue annexation of the property.
Please contact your council members and ask them to abstain from supporting
this costly annexation request that benefits a few, at the expense of all
September 30, 2011
Community Matters, Article by Greg Simon of Santa Ynez Valley
September 9, 2011
Video of the Town Hall Meeting of August 26 is available here:
SYVCC & Coalition Remarks to Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors,
August 5, 2011
"Goodbye Santa Ynez Valley, Hello Casino Town". See this
a scheduled Town Hall Meeting on August 26, 2011 at 6:00pm regarding the
attempt by the Chumash to take 1400 acres at the intersection of Highways
154/246 out of County jurisdiction and into Federal "trust".
July 15, 2011
Please see the attachment to view a proposal recently submitted to the CEO
of Santa Barbara County by the Chumash Tribe. Please read this entire
document as it is self explanatory
At the right is a picture that was taken of a map on Fess Parker's office wall
when he was involved with the Tribe in attempting to develop 745 acres, a
little over half of what the Tribe eventually purchased, on the North/East
corner of Highways 154 and 246. Click on image for larger
The red arrows were not originally on the
map but were added to show the intersection of the highways and to show
where the Tribe and Parker had planned to build a new hotel/casino.
According to their Compact, which expires December 31, 2020, with the State
of CA, the Tribe is allowed two casinos. There is no reason to think
anything has changed in regard to what the Tribe would build if the land
was taken into Trust. If the Tribe is allowed to develop the 1400 acres,
which is almost the size of the City of Solvang, the negative impact on
this Valley, as well as Santa Barbara County finances, would be enormous.
The increase in traffic, loss of property tax revenue, environmental
degradation and resultant reduction in property valuations are only a few
of the profoundly negative consequences. The net result would be the
permanent loss of the Santa Ynez Valley as we know and love it.
There is a coalition of groups in the valley being chaired by SYV Concerned
Citizens, that has been formed to do everything possible to ensure that the
County does not enter into this or any similar proposal. We are also
actively working to see that the 1400 acres does not go into Federal Trust.
(Federal Trust status would permanently remove the property from all local
tax obligations, as well as all local zoning & control, in addition to
vastly increasing demands upon local infrastructure and services.)
As this situation progresses we will keep you informed. Anyone who would
like to assist financially at this time can make a donation to SYV
Concerned Citizens ( Make a Donation
to SYV Concerned Citizens
, a 501c(4) non-profit organization, or WE Watch
http://www.we-watch.org/join-us/ , a 501c(3) non-profit organization.
If you do make a donation to either group please state on your donation the
money is to be used for the 1400 acre parcel issue.
3/30/11: Open Letter to
Congressman Elton Gallegly
What we have in common is a belief that because
we all share the beautiful land of the Santa Ynez
Valley, we should all play by the same rules.
The addition of the Mission Indians Casino to the Valley
has had both positive and negative impacts
on the area. The Santa Ynez Band of Mission
Indians have had great success operating their
casino on Highway 246, and we support the tribe's
efforts to ensure their long-term prosperity by diversifying their economy
What we don't support
is the fully self-sufficient tribe's continued manipulation
of the federal fee-to-trust process to annex
land and remove it from local and state tax rolls. Furthermore, we oppose private,
non-tribal developers teaming up with tribes to circumvent long-established land use
and environmental laws.
Please join us in our campaign to ensure that no development - regardless of the project or who the developer is -
be allowed to proceed without full state and local regulatory review and public input.
A 106-room hotel and spa has recently opened at the Mission Indians Casino.
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A coalition of citizens’ organizations has offered the U.S. Senate Committee
on Indian Affairs our suggestions for
fixing the flawed federal “trust land acquisition process.”