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Posted on August 21 at 9:44 a.m.
"The property currently generates $84,000 in property taxes per year. The tribe offered to pay $1,000,000 per year for 10 years".
With no one living on it- it is ag land in its current form.
Add 140 homes- and you get taxes from EACH residential- possibly A LOT more than what it gathers now...
On Facts on Camp 4 Federal Trust Application
Posted on August 20 at 8:01 p.m.
"The tribe will follow rules — federal rules."
"suits ties and crooked smiles are no longer associated with trust in this world. Try not to act like the wealthy and intitled. "
Posted on August 12 at 10:27 p.m.
We bought books from him- and our school did as well, for our school library. He, according to the link below has worked for SouthWestern Book sales for 5 years. After our purchase- our school sent out a email saying they had no connection to him/the company, and at the same time said they purchased products from the company itself. Our Principal asked us to all use our best judgment in purchasing from him/ the company.
I found him to be polite and yes, he was aggressive. though I didn't feel the need to alert authorities.
I welcomed him onto my porch, and both my husband and I enjoyed speaking with him. I had to twist his arm to accept a beverage.
He had a sales badge/id around his neck at my home- though I didn't ask him if it was a Santa Barbara County permit. I checked the names he gave me of my childs classmates, and some said they purchased prior and as well currently from him. Others said they did not. Some were turned off by his pitch. He did try and collect names of other people he could try to sell to from me, and I called ahead to those I thought he might try, and they asked not to be contacted.
On Aggressive Solicitor Arrested for Trespassing
Posted on August 11 at 10:13 a.m.
I am not opposed so much as I am on the side of some folks in the Valley who, do not want to be forced into living on Winery Row.
I drink wine and in fact, LOVE wine. I am, as I stated- proud of the industry here, we are garnering praise from all ends of the spectrum and deserve it.
What a lot of folks don't understand is, living next to a winery isn't as bucolic as it seems. They use water like its going out of style. They have chemicals that are necessary to good grape production and pest protection- not unlike any farmer here in the Valley, to be fair. Of the 3 surrounding my family- only one uses the cover of night to do a majority of chemical work. The gatherings, while of course they hire and support locals business and working folk- are loud and often result in trash, poor behavior and the usual suspects of what happens when you party/drink.
On the flip side- I have positive feelings for the future. The businesses around a winery only benefit when visitors are happy with what they taste and happy with the way they are treated. We have a stellar reputation for welcoming folks and making them feel like we are glad they are here. If we can continue to channel our focus on keeping the feel as country, elegant and within a smaller scope, I think we will all win. Its when the dream becomes bigger than we can support, that we fail, all the way around. No one wants Napaville here. NO ONE.
On How’s It Hanging, Happy Canyon?
Posted on August 11 at 9:30 a.m.
Dr Dan- I am pleased Nancy Crawford fought to keep the Eastside free of tasting rooms, despite the efforts of wineries and outside $$$ to force the issue. I am not sure who you are speaking of, but the points you attribute to me are wrong.
I find it hilarious that The Independent, who want to make it a crime when locals support oil drilling in the Channel, who support no growth of Santa Barbara- want us in the Santa Ynez Valley to step aside so the "in the know" wineries can come and tell us how to run the Valley and its ag business. Have you seen the water problems Paso Robles is having?
I love wine and am pleased with the product coming from the Santa Ynez Valley- and even applaud the efforts of people raising the bar with their product. But the Valley has spoken- the overwhelming response is "we want the peaceful & rural Valley to stay, to remain".
Posted on August 10 at 11:36 p.m.
— Happy Canyon still faces considerable challenges to stand out in a crowded international marketplace, and the bucolic area’s lack of tasting rooms (due mostly to the opposition of neighbors) only makes that marketing push harder.---
You'll get a tasting room on the East end of the Valley the day AFTER Hollister Ranch opens the road to Point Conception to the public.
Posted on April 11 at 12:16 p.m.
While I really wish I as a local, could access HR via foot or bike, simply to walk the beach and enjoy the view.....I can appreciate that the folks who bought and own property without access and would like to keep it that way- the ultimate NIMBY yes, but I guess I would feel that way too.
Here in the Valley, folks want the riverbed open for a bike path/walking path- and I really am for that! Again, private property owners are lock stock & barrel against it. I certainly understand their sentiments as well- and I am not sure forcing someone to give up the rights to parts of their own property is a good idea. Do I want a trail going thru my property- no I do not.
Hope some kind of access to both is something that can be worked out in the future.
On Hollister Ranch Showdown
Posted on April 3 at 8:57 a.m.
Why is the Santa Ynez Valley left out? Since the Valley Journal decided to close up shop, our ability to see what our arrests and issues are is NIL.
On Introducing <em>The Independent'</em>s South Coast Crime Map
Posted on March 29 at 8:43 a.m.
While I too hope the Coast remains open- at this point it is open only to those who own the property or can afford to rent properties that allow access. The fact they are willing to give back some of the acreage to allow public access ROCKS and I am willing to trade the property owners the right to build on their property for access for my family to enjoy the beach and ocean.
Thank You property owners- I hope your homes are the type that blend into the scenery and that you appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds the coast.
On Building Naples’s Neighbor
Posted on February 23 at 8:36 p.m.
Thank You FACT.
There are so many quirky little rules when it comes down to the nitty gritty- aren't there? Should I be suspect of the origins of my lettuce when it says Lompoc grown- is that Tutti Fruitti on Santa Rosa rd or is it Santa Maria, out on Betteravia?
The average wine buyer WOULD NEVER KNOW THAT, the the wine can be grown in one place and processed at a place across the County and never see its Mother Land till its time to be opened and tasted- and still be called ESTATE.
On Deal Reached on Vincent Winery