Put succinctly: a) La Casa de la Raza is not being sold or auctioned; b) La Casa has not lost its nonprofit status; and c) La Casa and its attorneys have been working closely with Santa Barbara County officials long before both articles appeared in print.
La Casa continues to work closely with the county to address the issue of property taxes. As we’ve explained in the past, we are in the midst of reconciling a complex property tax assessment issue. Unlike what was reported, we are not evading our tax responsibility. It is evident, however, that the inaccurate reporting by both the News-Press and SB Latino actually accuse us of being tax evaders. It is also evident that there was a failure, prior to publication, to even attempt verification of the facts and conduct their due diligence.
• We find it unconscionable that the News-Press would publish a month-old story and not verify its accuracy;
• The information contained therein is entirely inaccurate as it appears to be a mere reprint of a transcribed and outdated story. Individuals quoted in the paper were NOT interviewed for the March 25 story and therefore it is entirely inaccurate;
• The News‐Press method of “news reporting” is at its core duplicitous and in this case intentionally injurious. It seeks to lead the reader to believe that what is printed is in fact researched.
Consequently, we call upon the public when seeking information about our current programs, activities and events to not rely on these publication nor their sources.