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Opinion: A lack of leadership over Chumash Tribe land-into-trust

"It's odd that Doreen Farr did not attend the meeting of 600-plus people a few months ago to address the proposed annexation by the Chumash tribe of 1,400 prime acres.

Even more odd is her recent guest commentary in the Valley News, in which Farr educates us with a definition of annexation. I trust that long ago we knew how to define annexation. She also goes on to calculate the loss of taxes to the county.

She says, "It is for these reasons that I am strongly suggesting again that the tribe not pursue a fee-to-trust application. Instead, I would ask that they make an application to the county's Planning and Development Department for whatever they see as the housing needs for their tribal members ..."

I am sure readers are scratching their heads in wonder. In effect, Farr's suggestions to the tribe are without force or effect. I suspect Vince Armenta and others in the leadership contingent are laughing their heads off at this silly proposition."

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Lee Rosenberg: Farr’s avoiding chance to show leadership (The Solvang Valley News 1/5)

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