Opinion: Chumash Tribe money and influence everywhere

"We woke up and there it was, the Chumash Highway.

A representative of the tribe said about the clandestine renaming of Highway 154, “The Chumash Highway represents the respect and recognition that members of the California Legislature have for Native Americans.”

Absent was the respect or recognition that an open process would have provided the local citizenry. In fact, the whole process of introducing and voting on the legislation occurred in Sacramento without any notice to Santa Barbara County officials or any consultation with the community. It was considered a sneaky political maneuver, and public outcry was fierce.

A mock tombstone appeared on the newly anointed highway stating, “RIP Community’s Voice — Sept. 2007 — Killed on the Chumash Buy-Way by government recklessly driving under the influence of power and money.”"

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