Agreement with Chumash an 'embarrassment'

A recent article reported that the county of Santa Barbara is facing 10 major fiscal issues in the next two years. If that is the case why did the County enter into an agreement with the Chumash Tribe in which the Tribe is only obligated to pay an annual amount of $178,000 in lieu of property taxes on Camp 4, a 1400-acre parcel in the Santa Ynez Valley which they purchased for $44,000,000? The agreement ends in 2040.

The Tribe claims they will only build 140 single-family homes along with a Tribal Center. If the homes were valued at $500,000 each the property taxes alone would be over $770,000 per year. That figure doesn’t take into account the taxes that would be paid on the remaining acreage and Tribal Center. There also is no guarantee they will not construct commercial buildings on the property.

The paltry sum of $178,000 doesn’t come close to covering the fiscal impact on the citizens in the County for the services that will be provided. It is not even adjusted for inflation. Supervisor (Peter) Adam was right at the board meeting when he said agreement with the tribe is, “… ambiguous as to the commitments the county is agreeing to and it's ambiguous as to the cost that we are agreeing to and therefore it is a blank check and it is a bad deal for the county.”

Can someone explain to me how Supervisor (Das) Williams got on the negotiating team, especially since he has taken over $172,400 in campaign contributions from CA Tribes including $46,000 from the Chumash, of which $18,000 was given to him after he was elected as a supervisor?

The agreement with the Tribe is an embarrassment that will cost the County and its residents for years to come.

Mike Hadley

Santa Ynez

Trump tax bill will prove Democrats wrong

A recent article by yet another anti-Trump ankle biter talks about how horrified he is by President Trump – how he’s belittled our allies, demonized our immigrants and endangered our environment – all the usual lies leftists spew forth on a daily basis.

He talks about the whole Russian thing, which after 11 months and nearly $7 million dollars has yielded no evidence whatsoever, how Trump is undermining America by deregulating the EPA and repealing Obama’s health care debacle, and that as horrible as Trump is it could be worse, which of course would be true if Hillary had been elected.

She would not only have increased a growing liberal trend that has made a mockery of the Presidency, the IRS, the FBI, the DOJ and the mainstream media, but we’d also have two women abusers and compulsive liars in the White House instead of being in jail where they belong.

It’s worthy to note that unlike Trump’s promise to put America first, Hillary’s website has open tabs on ethnic, religious and sexual minorities – all related to the nature of diversity, power and oppression – but not one mention of her vision of a true American community.

The only thing Democrats seem to stand for now is hating Trump. They’d rather criticize his tweets than recognize his many accomplishments, of which sources like Magapill list somewhere around 200 month by month and counting. Yet all we hear from Democrats are hysterical attacks on Trump’s horrible tax bill, which of course will end up being their worst nightmare.

“It’s the worst bill ever!” screams Nancy Pelosi, and “It’s Armageddon for Republicans!” when unfortunately Trump’s tax bill will actually prove to be Armageddon for the Democrat Party, and they know it.

Larry Bargenquast

Paso Robles

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