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Chumash Reservation Contract With Sheriff's Dept. Rejected

By Ophelia Young, KEYT - KCOY - KKFX Reporter, ophelia.young@keyt.com
Published On: Jun 05 2014 12:07:56 AM CDT
Updated On: Jun 05 2014 12:30:51 PM CDT

SB County Board of Supervisors Vote 3-2 To Turn Away More Law Enforcement In Area

SANTA YNEZ VALLEY, Calif. -

The Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians has drawn up a contract with the Santa Barbara County's office to provide more law enforcement in the area,

but the county board of supervisors voted three to two to reject it Tuesday.

Tribal chairman Vincent Armenta says the contract was supposed to provide $850,000 annually to the sheriff's department for adding one deputy 24-hours-a-day, every day.

He says it would entirely paid for by the casino, and he worked with Sheriff Bill Brown on contract terms.

But Supervisor Doreen Farr says contract terms are unclear and the tribe needs to waive their sovereign immunity in case of litigation.

She, along with Supervisors Janet Wolf and Peter Adam, voted to reject the contract, and Farr says she’d like to see a contract with clearer language.

Armenta says the tribe wont renegotiate.

Instead he will meet with an attorney next week to talk about alternatives.

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