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<b>PASTORAL LAND: </b> The tribe’s plans to annex the 1,400-acre land known as Camp 4 has been the source of bitterness between tribal leaders and some valley residents because that would open the door to development not governed by rigorous county codes.

Paul Wellman

PASTORAL LAND: The tribe’s plans to annex the 1,400-acre land known as Camp 4 has been the source of bitterness between tribal leaders and some valley residents because that would open the door to development not governed by rigorous county codes.


Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Against Camp 4


A Santa Barbara Superior Court judge last week dismissed a lawsuit filed against Chumash leadership by activist group Save the Valley, which alleged that the tribe wrongfully failed to sign its Williamson Act contract for the 1,400-acre Camp 4 property, purchased in 2010. Under Williamson, the tribe receives decreased tax rates. In its lawsuit ​— ​filed in July ​— ​the group asked that the tribe sign the document and pay its legal fees. Judge Timothy Staffel ruled that leaders Sam Cohen and Vincent Armenta ​— ​the two singled out in the suit ​— ​benefit from the sovereign immunity afforded to the tribe and that the group should have included the County of Santa Barbara as a defendant. Armenta, tribal chair, said he “wasn’t surprised” by the dismissal.

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