Please see our press release below.
Matthew Clarke, attorney for Save the Valley, LLC
For Immediate Release
Save the Valley, LLC is committed to preserving the beauty and natural resources of the Santa Ynez Valley. To that end, late in 2015, Save the Valley, LLC filed a lawsuit seeking to enforce a long-standing judgment and deed restrictions against the Santa Ynez Band of Mission Indians. The judgment clearly prohibits the commercial use of water located on land where the Band has greatly expanded its Casino and Hotel operations by building a 12 story hi-rise less than ½ mile from the runway at the Santa Ynez Airport in blatant violation of Santa Barbara County Safety Regulations. The judgment and deeds limit the use of water to “domestic”, i.e., household/agricultural purposes and the Santa Ynez Band is clearly violating those restrictions. Additionally, the Lawsuit reiterates that there was no federal reservation established in 1901 as the Band claims; instead, the Santa Ynez Land Improvement Company deeded five “5 acre allotments” to the five families living on the land West Side of the Zanja Cota Creek for occupancy only, to build a home and to farm the land. On May 29, 2002 The California Indian Legal Services stated in a letter to the Bureau of Land Management that the Tribe had verified that there are “no lineal descendants of the five original families.” Shortly before the Santa Barbara Superior Court was slated to rule on Save the Valley, LLC’s motion, the United States of America removed the case to Federal Court in Los Angeles. Save the Valley, LLC believes that the issue is for a local Santa Barbara Court to decide and has appealed the decision to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeal. Save the Valley, LLC has filed its opening brief arguing that the Court of Appeal should order the case returned to the Santa Barbara Court where it belongs. The Appellate Court should decide the issue in the coming months after briefing is complete. To view the 9th Circuit opening brief, please go to savethevalley.info
Matthew M. Clarke
CHRISTMAN KELLEY & CLARKE, PC
1334 ANACAPA STREET
SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA 93101
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