Das Williams


Consideration of a proposed agreement with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians over the fee-to-trust issue for the Camp 4 property was postponed Tuesday by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors.

The postponement was requested by Board Chairwoman and 3rd District Supervisor Joan Hartmann and 1st District Supervisor Das Williams, who make up the Supervisors Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Santa Ynez Valley Band of Chumash Indian Matters.

Hartmann noted the delay was requested with the concurrence of the Chumash.

The agreement is scheduled for discussion at a special meeting Oct. 31 in the board hearing room of the County Administration Building, 105 E. Anapamu St. in Santa Barbara.

Williams fended off another call to step down from deliberations on the memorandum of agreement over campaign contributions.

During public comment on the request to delay considering the agreement, Alex Jones said there is an “appearance of impropriety” regarding contributions Williams had accepted from the Chumash tribe, including $18,000 he said Williams received after the election.

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Jones recited several sections of the state’s conflict-of-interest law regarding contributions.

“It’s clear there’s tons of money (involved),” Jones said. “I call on Das Williams to recuse himself again. If he refuses, I call on the (district attorney) to investigate this.”

Responding to Jones’ comments, Williams said he didn’t benefit from the $18,000, which was transferred for use on the Isla Vista Community Services District election and noted those running for election take contributions from both sides of controversial issues.

“So, yes, would I take the contribution from the Chumash to do this again?” Williams said. “Absolutely.”