Despite concerns from the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, C.J. Jackson was unanimously approved Tuesday as the new 3rd District Planning Commissioner by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors. The matter had been in front of the board two weeks ago, but the board voted 4-1 to have County Counsel Shane Stark look into potential conflicts of interest Jackson - whose family owns a significant amount of land in the 3rd District - might have. Stark put those questions to rest Tuesday, and said that Jackson would have to consider on a case-by-case basis whether or not there was a conflict of interest present. The Chumash also argued that he would be biased in any decisions involving the Santa Ynez Band, as he has vehemently opposed the tribe in many land-use planning decisions.
Though C.J. Jackson's experience in planning and development in the Santa Ynez Valley qualify him handily for a seat on the county's Planning Commission, so has it returned to haunt him. Recalling Jackson's role in several land-use contests, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash ardently opposes his nomination. A check of Jackson's possible conflicts of interest now rests with County Counsel.
Supervisors Approve Jackson as 3rd District Planner
Potential Conflicts of Interest Decided on a Case-by-Case Basis