Supervisors to Appeal Chumash Expansion

Thursday, September 12, 2013
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After the urging of Santa Ynez residents and businesspeople, the Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 (with 1st District Supervisor Salud Carbajal against) on 9/10 to appeal the June decision by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to approve a Tribal Consolidation and Acquisition Area Plan. If the plan were to go through, about 11,500 acres in the Santa Ynez Valley — approximately 10,000 belonging to private owners — would be subject to being more easily placed in fee-to-trust (or made federal tribal land) if acquired by the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians. Records show the tribe previously lived on that land.


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Still looking to see Carbajal explain his vote on this issue . I may have cast my last vote for him for any position.

geeber (anonymous profile)
September 12, 2013 at 6:05 a.m. (Suggest removal)

about time, geeber. He's clearly not representing his district.

JohnLocke (anonymous profile)
September 12, 2013 at 8:33 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I've been amazed people have continued to vote for him as long as they have. Same with Janet.

BeachFan (anonymous profile)
September 12, 2013 at 8:56 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It's also "interesting" that this happened outside of a public hearing process and instead was done in closed session, An easy way for all five supervisors to hide their reasoning to vote the way they did.

discoboy (anonymous profile)
September 12, 2013 at 9:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I bet the chumash lived about every where on the central coast at one time or another. Does that mean all of these places can be annexed? The county will run out of tax base! I think they have annexed enough. This Carbajal guy is really starting to bug.

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
September 12, 2013 at 12:59 p.m. (Suggest removal)

While supporting the Chumash and the local Sta. Ynez Band, their hopes for fee-to-transfer on the 1400 acres and more have to be reined in. Good for the Supes. Salud looks very bad on this: let's check how much the tribe gives to his campaign warchest.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
September 12, 2013 at 2:12 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Well, it is very easy to shut down the Chumash: all we have to do is collectively stop gambling.

Until that happens, karma is a b**ch. Hope Ranch was once the (coastal) Chumash reservation, Hope himself, sent by the BIA to set it up, ended up with the title.

That the Chumash grow rich off of the Euro-american's weakness for gambling is a scream. Also rich that our locals howl about all the tricks that the Chumash attorneys, hired fair and square with greenbacks lost by dim-minded gamblers at the casino, pull.

Legalistic swindling was supposed to be reserved for the white man. Or the railroads. Or the indian agents sent out from Washington.

Hard for me to get excited now that the red man has learned from us how to win with the fountain pen.

snugspout (anonymous profile)
September 13, 2013 at 5:55 a.m. (Suggest removal)

agree snugspout and interesting! Maybe someone can correct me on this, but many of the world's religions frown upon gambling, and perhaps the real evil here is the gambling addition intertwined with viticulture expansion and alcohol addiction in the SYValley.

DrDan (anonymous profile)
September 13, 2013 at 6:23 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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