Vincent Armenta: Chumash Tribe is responsible with casino liquor

"When the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors met on July 5, one of the items on their agenda was to discuss withdrawing their protest of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians’ application for expansion of an existing license with the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC).

We are pleased that the Board of Supervisors ultimately decided to withdraw their protest (in a 3-2 vote) and we are appreciative that the majority of them understood that the tribe agreed to the multiple conditions outlined by Sheriff Brown.

We had previously met with Sheriff Brown to discuss his concerns with our expanded liquor license. We agreed to a set of conditions that addressed each of his concerns — many of which were already handled with existing conditions.

We understand that the size of our gaming facility, along with the volume of guests we entertain on a daily basis, may be of concern. However, we have approached our expanded liquor license application as we have approached all of our business ventures: with caution, care and with the community in mind."

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