Archive | May 2012

City must pay U.S. Treasury $140,000 for one LHCDC loan

It’s official: The city of Lompoc is now on the hook to return $140,322 from city funds to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for one longstanding noncompliant loan to Lompoc Housing and Community Development (LHCDC). The city received the official notification on April 5 that it must repay the loan given […]

DenMat: A leap in the right direction

DenMat’s relocation from Santa Maria to Lompoc is one of the best pieces of news Lompoc has received in quite awhile. The dental products firm employs about 350 people and outgrew its facilities in Santa Maria. It has plans to expand after it completes its relocation to a West Central Avenue location. Current plans call […]

When spin wins, public loses

We are now firmly ensconced in, as someone else aptly termed it, the political silly season. Personally I think the adjective “silly” is far too innocuous. The dictionary defines “silly”  as “having or showing a lack of common sense or judgment; absurd and foolish,” and “used to convey that an activity or process has been engaged […]

Linn’s conflict of interest goes unquestioned

Something happened in City Council chambers Tuesday evening, May 15, that many, if not most, people failed to comprehend fully. As Mayor John Linn introduced item #9, the first meaty item on the night’s agenda, he let it be known that he would need to recuse himself during discussions regarding proposed changes to the city’s […]

Lax oversight or pressure to look the other way? Grand Jury must investigate LHCDC

After more than 16 months of researching Lompoc Housing and Community Development Corp. — its missing audits, its deteriorating, unsanitary housing for low-income residents and its failure to abide by regulations governing the use of public funds — I’ve come to the conclusion that only the Santa Barbara County Grand Jury can thoroughly investigate the […]