SANTA YNEZ, CA – August 5, 2014 – The Lompoc City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to establish an intergovernmental relations committee between the city and the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians.
The ad-hoc committee, which was established for two years, will work on a government-to-government basis with the tribe. Meetings will be held periodically to discuss matters of common interest between the two governments. The four-member committee will include two members of the tribal government leadership board, Lompoc Mayor Bob Lingl and Councilman Victor Vega.
“The City of Lompoc is home to a large number of Chumash Casino Resort employees and has long held a deep connection to many of our tribal members,” said Chairman Armenta. “Creating a formal government-to-government relationship with Lompoc makes perfect sense. It’s very beneficial to both our governments because it opens doors to important dialogue about matters that affect us both.”
This marks the second such ad hoc committee between the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and a city government. The city of Solvang recently extended its government-to-government relationship with the tribe for another year.
The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians owns and operates several businesses in Santa Barbara County, including the Chumash Casino Resort, Hotel Corque, Root 246 and Hadsten House Inn in Solvang, and two gas stations in Santa Ynez.