Tribal deal is criticized

I can’t begin to tell you how disappointed I am in the proposed memorandum of agreement the county has entered into with the Chumash tribe.

The lack of transparency is appalling and the failure to get a commitment from the tribe not to engage in any commercial activities on the Camp 4 property in perpetuity, or at least until the county rezones the surrounding areas as commercial, is shocking.

Native tribes are always saying they are the protectors of the land, so if that is the case they should agree to the prohibition of no commercial activities.

Springing this on the public and giving them less than a week to digest the entire agreement is disgusting. The county seems to have capitulated to the tribe and is not protecting the landowners in the Valley. There is a concentrated effort by citizens in the Valley to make sure that HR 1491 does not pass, though it appears the county has given up the fight.

This agreement appears to end in 2040, but what then? Can we expect to see a multi-story hotel on the property, a golf course and commercial buildings? Why did the Valley even go through the hours of work involved with developing the Valley Blueprint to have it ruined by the possible commercialization of Camp 4?

Please contact your supervisor and ask them to protect the Valley and not enter into this absurd agreement.

Mike Hadley

Santa Ynez

Abetting transients

Santa Barbara and the county have encouraged transients to go to Lompoc, and Lompoc City Council has agreed. The transients came and continue to arrive.

Transients are supported by tax money from the county and city. Nonprofit organizations support transients, as do churches and individuals. These are the good people of our greater community.

Now it is time for all of those people to clean up the mess transients are leaving in the river bed. Those generous, caring, people give food, clothing and bicycles to other people who do not care about anything.

I constantly find clothing and blankets cast about the Riverside bicycle trail. All manner of food packaging litters the open space around the trail. I just found a bicycle graveyard when I stepped to the edge of the river bluff to watch the Mission Hills fire. Apparently some bikes are stripped to make two-wheeled carts to trail behind other bicycles.

With the wheels and tires were piles of wood used to make shelters and camp fires. No one expects transients to eat raw food or be cold at night. Fortunately, the Fire Department has so far been able to extinguish every brush fire caused by transients within just a few acres.

I know none of the good people are environmentalists because the good people do not care about damage done to the riverbed or to wildlife chased out of it. However, the good people surely are not slobs or without conscience, so the good people should clean up the mess for which they are responsible.

David Grill



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