Editorial: Chumash Tribe should be more open about land plan

"Around the Santa Ynez Valley, there is probably no issue that gets local folks more revved up than the Chumash tribe proposing to take more land into its reservation.

Tribal officials say they want to subdivide part of the land into residential parcels where, presumably, tribal members could build homes to live in.

However, local residents are fearful of a giant commercial enterprise sprouting on those 1,400 acres as well, perhaps even a new, bigger casino and resort.

The larger issue is a matter of trust — or the lack of it — between the tribe and its critics.

Much of that mistrust is a result of the tribe insisting that, as a sovereign nation, it is above local land-use rules."

Get the Story:
Editorial: Building trust where it’s sorely lacking (The Solvang Valley News 9/8)

Other Opinions:
Doreen Farr: Measuring effects of tribe’s proposal (The Solvang Valley News 9/8)
Lee Rosenberg: Farr missing a Valley connection (The Solvang Valley News 9/8)

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