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 County.
11-18-13 Oppose Legislative Annexation of Camp 4 - Oppose House of Rep. Bill H.R. 3313
11-13-13 LOIS CAPPS Letters & Request for Continued Opposition to Camp 4 Annexation
10-17-13 SYVCC comments to BIA opposing Camp 4 FTT
10-4-13 SYVCC Comments to Camp 4 Environmental Assessment
10-15-13 SYVCC Letter to BOS Opposing Annexation of Camp 4
Camp 4 & TCA BOS Hearing Oct. 15, 2013
9-27-13 Stop the TCA flyer with Email Addresses for Opposition Letters
9-20-13 SYVCC/SYVAOR/MHOA TCA Appeal to BIA
9-23-13 Why Casinos Matter, a report from the Council on Casinos, an independent group of 33 scholars and public policy leaders convened by the Institute for American Values, a New York City-based think tank.
Supervisor Farr - 9/25/13 Meeting at Vet’s Hall
9-16-13 October 7 Deadline - Camp 4 Annexation & TCA Opposition Letters to the BIA
9-6-13 Fox News re Camp 4
Camp 4 Fee To Trust Application - Request for Extension of Review Time
A Taking of County Land
URGENT - Supervisors to make crucial decision on CAMP 4 - PLEASE READ AND ACT NOW!
June 2013 BIA-Approved Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Land Consolidation & Acquisiton Plan
August 8, 2013 Letter to Supervisor Carbajal from Chumash Tribe re: "government to government agreement" and recent application to the BIA for Fee to Trust transfer of Camp 4 property
Oppose Annexation of Camp 4 - Board of Supervisors Meeting Tuesday, August 20, 2013
No Dealing On Camp 4 - Letter from SYVCC to Santa Maria Times Opinion
SYVCC 6-24-13 Letter to Board of Supervisors re Response to Tribal Chairman Armenta
April 22, 2013 email from Santa Barbara County Supervisor Doreen Farr concerning "Fee to Trust" position.
April 14, 2013 Santa Barbara News-Press commentary by SYVCC board member Steve Raftopoulos entitled “Saving the Santa Ynez Valley” (2 pages)
April 18, 2013 County of Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors Chair Salud Carbajal reply to March 6, 2013 Chumash request for meeting with the Board of Supervisors (2 pages)
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.