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POST-IT NOTE PROCESS: More than 200 people attended a meeting in August at the Marriott in Buellton, and 90 percent of the speakers were wine-industry supporters. That’s led to charges of intimidation from the concerned neighbors, which has only led to suspicion on the part of winemakers, who fear that the process will be rigged to make it harder for the new wineries to get permits. “We’re trying to run an open, transparent process,” said Jeff Hunt of the county’s planning department, who is accepting comments at the hearings and by email, telephone, and written letters. “We’ve also made it very clear that we’re not here to take a vote. If 20 people all endorse one idea, and one person endorses a different idea, that doesn’t necessarily mean we go with the 20. We’re going to consider all ideas.”

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