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                                  The official monthly publication of the
                          Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau
                                          Vol. 24, No. 9             March, 2012

        Lompoc’s First Cash Mob                                            Chamber Seeking New Logo
  First it was “Flash Mobs,” then came “Cash Mobs.”                    A new logo is needed to represent the Lompoc Valley Chamber of
“Cash Mobs” are not a political or social organization, corpora-     Commerce &Visitors Bureau. This logo will be included in all Cham-
tion or movement or                                                  ber publications, letterhead, banners and Chamber website. The
meant to be an answer                                                logo will serve as the distinctive identifier for the Chamber.
to economic crisis. By                                                  The full color logo should capture the essence of one or more
and large, those that or-                                            features of the Lompoc Valley, e.g., flowers, agriculture, wineries/
ganize Cash Mobs are                                                 vineyards, La Purisima Mission, rolling hills, murals, aerospace,
simply people trying to                                              seascapes, etc.
make a positive impact                                                 Full color logo submissions must be submitted electronically in
on the businesses in                                                 .pdf or .jpg format, at 300 dpi. Digital images must be at least 6
their communities and                                                inches wide and be camera ready and of professional quality, need-
have fun while doing it!                                             ing no further manipulation or enhancement. Hand drawn entries
    Primarily promoted                                               will not be accepted. When developing the logo, keep in mind that
through Facebook and attracting a “mob:” of approximately 50         it will be used in a small format (approx. 2" x 3") to be used on
people, Lompoc’s first Cash Mob met in the parking lot in front of   envelopes and letterhead and a larger format (approx.12"x 18") for
the Pizza Garden. The business to be mobbed was not made pub-        signage and banners. The submitted art work should be designed
lic until the day of the event. The first business, which had been   for clarity at the smallest usable size.
warned in advance was to be Lompoc Valley Florist and Home               If a logo is selected, it shall become the sole property of the
Decor. Participants were to descend on the business and spend a      Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau for its
minimum of $10. Afterwards, everyone returned to the Pizza Gar-      unrestricted use. The winning entry will receive a prize of $350.
den for food and beverages. The first event was a huge success.        The selection committee shall consist of three representatives of
Event organizer Robin Dunaetz has already begun receiving input      the Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, one
for a March Mob.                                                     representative from the City of Lompoc, the LUSD ROP Graphic
Cash Mobs are a phenomonon developed to give a shot in the arm       Arts Instructor, and two representatives of the Lompoc Valley Art
to small businesses, while at the same time exposing participating   Association. The selection committee members shall not have
shoppers to the business, who may not havehad prior knowledge        submitted an entry. The committee reserves the right to reject any
of the businesses products and services.                             and all submissions.
Be sure to follow Lompoc Cash Mob on Facebook and help sup-             Submissions will be judged on artistic merit, innovative use and
port Lompoc’s small businesses by participating in a fun, social     combination of elements, clarity and simplicity.?
activity.                                                            Entries are to be sent via email to with LOGO
                                                                     ENTRY in the subject line. Entry deadline is April 6.

                                                                          MARCH CHAMBER MIXER
  Consider This:
  • For every $100 spent online or mail order, less than $1
                                                                                         March 22
  stays in your community.
                                                                             Hosted by Lompoc Civic Theatre
                                                                                 and the Lompoc Museum
  • For every $100 spent at a chain or big box store approx. $43             Stone Pine Hall - 210 S. H Street
  stays in your community.
                                                                                         5-7 p.m.
  • For every $100 spent at a locally owned business approx.
  $73 stays in your community.
                                                                          MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD CHAIR
                                                                                                       by Jaime Marks-Rodriguez
                                                                                When I think of the west side of town, specifically the
      OF COMMERCE AND                                                           area around Laurel and O Streets, I think about a few
       VISITORS BUREAU                                                          of our “homegrown businesses”, and I want to give
                                                                                them over seven hundred reasons to be happy with
         EXECUTIVECOMMITTEE                                                     the Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce….
Jaime Marks-Rodriguez, Chair
Bill Hughen, Jr., CFO
Jason Reynolds, Immediate Past Chair
                                                                                Schuyler Collision Repair has been servicing the colli-
                                                                                sion repair needs of the Lompoc and Santa Ynez Val-
                                                    leys since 1987. This locally owned and operated business is an I-Car Gold Class
Chris Ames, Brooks & Ames, Attys at Law
George Bedford, Sunset Auto Center                  Shop with ASE certified trained technicians and office personnel. They stay up-
Angela Brooks, Century 21 Realty                    to-date with leading edge technology through our continuous training and certifi-
Kari Campbell-Bohard, Campbell Ranches              cation program. Their customized facility is 11,000 square feet, and they are proud
Chelsea Cochran, Hummingbird                        to announce that they have recently added two new state of the art spray booths.
       Cake Stationery
Alan Grant, Starbuck-Lind Mortuary
                                                    Schuyler Collision Repair has the space and capabilities to accommodate the cus-
Tim Harrington, Terralink Consulting                tomers of today and the future growth of customers of tomorrow.
Michelle Hodapp, Excel Personnel Services
Bill Hughen, Jr., CFO,                              Lompoc Valley Seed and Milling. Bob Campbell is the 4th generation of Campbells
     Walker, Wilson & Hughen
                                                    living and working in Lompoc. His love for agriculture came from growing up and
John Keth, The Party Shop
Ben Kulak, Embassy Suites                           working on the family farm and ranch on Campbell Road in Lompoc. He started
Bob Manning, Sue’s Place                            farming on his own in 1969 after graduating from High School.
Jaime Marks-Rodriguez,                              He started with a small dry farming operation, concentrating on grains and lima
      CoastHills Federal Credit Union               beans. As market demands changed, his farming operation changed with it.
Tina Martinez-Baker, Tina Martinez-Baker
      Family Chiropractic
                                                    Campbell Ranches has become a very diverse company specializing in beef cattle,
Jason Reynolds, State Farm Insurance                fresh vegetables, vegetable and flower seeds, and dry beans. They grow, process
Barbara Satterfield, Sta. Rita Hills Winegrowers    and ship their products all over the United States and to some overseas customers
Alliance                                            in England, Holland, South America and Japan.
Cheryl Sawyers, Commercial Sponsorship
                                                    The Lompoc warehouse facility has been in operation since the 1950’s, but has
     Coordinator, 30th Force
     Support Squadron                               been leased and operated by the Campbell Family as Lompoc Valley Seed &
                                                    Milling since 2006. The majority of beans grown in and around the Lompoc Valley
    EX-OFFICIO BOARD MEMBERS                        are brought here to be cleaned, packaged and shipped. Beans can be purchased
Dirk Starbuck, City Council member                  at the warehouse in sizes ranging from 2 lb. bags up to 50 lb. sacks. They have
Susan Warnstrom, 4th District County                recently expanded our over-the-counter sales to include specialty items like our
 Supervisor’s Office
                                                    logo soup mugs and reusable shopping bags, and several varieties of our local
                    STAFF                           beans are now for sale at the Lompoc Albertson’s grocery store.
Ken Ostini, President/CEO
Dennis Headrick, Executive Assistant
Trisa Judt, Bookkeeper                              Switching gears…
Gene Stevens, Mural Society                         There is something comforting to me about finishing my Thursdays curled up on
                  AND                               my couch, reading the Los Angeles Times. You see, I love to cook. In fact, I
Matilda, the Chamber's ghost                        consider it my therapy, and it’s the weekly Food section of the LA Times I am
THE CHAMBER, the official publication of the        really after. So, on Thursday February 9, after rummaging through the paper to
Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce, is published     find my beloved Food Section, my heart started to beat fast. Why you ask? The
monthly for a $15 yearly membership subscription.
Postage paid at Lompoc, CA, Postmaster. Send
                                                    front page was dominated by pictures of Santa Rita Hills winemakers, the likes of
address changes to P.O. Box 626, Lompoc, CA         Justin Willett of Tyler Winery, Ryan Zotovich of Zotovich Cellars, Chad Melville
93438-0626. Phone: 805 736 4567                     of Melville and Samsara, and Sashi Moorman of Evening Land. The article that
Chamber extensions and email addresses:             followed highlighted our precious “Wine Ghetto” and talked about why the Santa
Ken Ostini: ext 225;
Dennis Headrick: ext 223;
                                                    Rita Hills wine region is being compared to the Burgundy region of France. The
Trisa Judt: ext 222;          little research I’ve done on the Burgundy region tells me about the two great
Gene Stevens: ext 227;              burgundy grapes- Pinot Noir and Chardonnay-
Friday Focus:
Filming info: or
                                                    Sound familiar?
                                                    Cheers Lompoc, you’ve made it!
       Follow us on Facebook
                                                                                                         ~ Jaime
   Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau                2
            HAPPENING NOW:
       The Latest Trends and Statistics
   Various studies show that seniors hold half the discretionary in-
come in the U.S. Older baby boomers, now retiring at a rapid rate,
have become an increasing source of travel business each year.
  According to a New York Times story consumers are responding                         Wednesday, March 14
to comfort marketing, “buying old-fashioned brands that have                        Veterans Memorial Building
“stood the test of time.” finds, in contrast to the comfort marketing
                                                                                     Banquet Hall (West Wing)
trend, that customers are more receptive to “frank, risqué or                           Program: Joni Gray,
noncorporate products, services and campaigns from emerging mar-                      4th District Supervisor
  The number of U.S. travelers booking and researching online
                                                                                     “The State of the County”
is still growing. More than 114 million people will research travel                       $17 per person
online this year, 94 million will book reservations. Source:                       Reservation and prepayment
   According to hotelier Robert Rauch, by 2016, half of the travel
                                                                                         Deadline: March 8
industry will be using social media as a way of generating revenue                 Catered by the American Host
and bookings; 22% of the travel Industry use social media as a                Why a deadline? We need to provide the number of reserva-
revenue generating tool with another 27% planning to do so over                tions to the lundheon venue in advance, so adequate food
                                                                                                 and seating can be prepared.
the next five years.                                                          If you show up without a reservation, you run the risk of not
   The number of people making decisions about where to stay or                                  having a seat and not eating.
eat after they leave home is growing. Phone application for travel-                                OBSERVE THE DEADLINE!
ers give hotel and restaurant information while travelers are in route.       Also, if you reserve, don’t prepay and don’t attend, we must
Source: Hotel interactive                                                                 still pay the venue for your reservation,
                                                                                         since we have reserved a space for you.
   Corporate travel that includes spouses and family members is
returning to popularity according to Altour a global business travel                 Please observe the prepayment requirement
agency.                                                                        Call 736-4567, ext. 222 for rservations and
  Meeting planners predict a modest increase in group demand                           to arrange for pre-payment
in 2012 a trend that indicates a more meetings and attendees at
those meetings. Source:M&C
                                                                                 Walk-ins, without prior reservations
                                                                                           will be charged $20

                    LLV Topic Day                                                                  BUSTED!
 On March 16, Leadership Lompoc Valley (LLV) will hold its Local
Government topic Day.                                                         The following Chamber members were “busted” for
   The day’s activities will include conversattions with Teresa                      providing excellent customer service:
Gallavan, City of Lompoc Economic Development Director/Asst.
City Administrator , City Council member Ashley Costa and 4th
                                                                                             Schuyler Collision Repair
District Supervisor Joni Gray. The class will learn about the City’s                           1025 W. Laurel Ave.
electric and wi-fi systems, followed by tours of the Water Treat-                                 (805)736-7090
ment Plant, Landfill and Waste Water Plant.
                                                                                             Argu$ Business Services
                                                                                               416 E. Ocean Ave.
     LCT Continues Dinner Theatre                                                                (805) 736-8345
  Make plans to come and see LCT's Dinner Theatre for 2012 - "The             If you wish to “Bust” a Chamber member for excellent customer
Outrageous Adventures of Sheldon and Mrs Levine".                                         service, let us know by calling 736-4567,
The Dinner Theatre will take place at d'Vine Wine Bar at 107 W.                                or emailing
Ocean Avenue. Dinner will be catered by Cha Cha Cooking Club,
and will be Chicken Roulade or Butternut Squash Gratin (vegetar-
ian). Tickets are $50 each.
   Performances will be on March 4, April 15 and May 6. For all                  MARCH CHAMBER MIXER
performances, doors will open at 4.30 p.m. and dinner will be served
at 5 p.m.                                                                                       March 22
  Any questions? Email                                     Lompoc Civic Theatre
  To make a reservation, please call 735-ACT1 (735-2281).                               and the Lompoc Museum
                                                                                    Stone Pine Hall - 210 S. H Street
                                                                                                5-7 p.m.
     Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau                  3
                   November Ballot May Include Multiple Tax Measures
  California voters may face as many as three ballot measures this             Munger Initiative
November that increase income taxes. Although a serious debate                 The “Our Children, Our Future” measure is sponsored by Molly
is underway over whether California’s chronic budget deficit should            Munger, a Southern California civil rights attorney and daughter of
be solved in part through temporary tax increases—and also                     Charles Munger, who is vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway.
whether public schools and other programs should see their fund-               Ms. Munger’s initiative would raise income taxes by at least $10 billion
ing restored and increased—most independent observers believe                  annually for 12 years beginning in 2013. Key provisions include:
that the presence of more than one tax increase on the ballot would            Across-the-board increases in the income tax, hitting single filers
lead to voter confusion and defeat of all such proposals.                      with taxable incomes as low as $17,500, with escalating rates on higher
  The Governor estimates the existing budget deficit, for this fiscal          brackets.
year and next, at about $9 billion. He proposes to achieve a bal-              Her preferred version of the measure would dedicate approximately
anced budget with a mix of further spending cuts, primarily in health          $3 billion a year, through 2016–17, to the state General Fund to help
and social services, child care and local government assistance,               balance the budget and restore the state’s fiscal balance. The remain-
and with a temporary tax increase.                                             ing $7 billion would be used to augment K-12 and early childhood
  Should these measures be implemented, according to the Gover-                education.
nor, the budget would be balanced, education programs would be                 Beginning 2017–18, almost all revenues would be dedicated to K-12
fully funded, and prior budgetary debt would be repaid over the                and Early Childhood Education programs. To the extent the new tax
next five years.                                                               revenues grow faster than the growth in state per capita personal
  Should his tax proposal fail, he would implement automatic spend-            income, however, the excess would be allocated to the state General
ing cuts in K-12 and higher education, courts and public safety                Fund.
programs.                                                                      Her stated intent is that all revenues collected by this measure would
Income Tax Hike                                                                be in addition to the Proposition 98 guarantee, which means that the
   The Governor proposes to increase income tax rates for high                 state would be obligated to finance schools out of the General Fund to
earners for five years. The increases would apply as follows:                  meet the guarantee—in good years or bad (unless the requirements
For incomes greater than $250,000 (single) and $500,000 (joint),             were suspended by the Legislature). However, since her measure is a
increase the top marginal rate from 9.3% to 10.3%.                             statutory initiative, she may not be able to avoid the constitutional
For incomes greater than $300,000 (single) and $600,000 (joint),             mandate that her revenues count toward the school funding obliga-
increase the top marginal rate from 9.3% to 10.8%.                             tion. This means that schools would not only receive all the money
For incomes greater than $500,000 (single) and $1 million (joint),           raised by the new taxes, but would also be entitled to additional Gen-
increase the top marginal rate from 9.3% to 11.3%. The existing 1%             eral Fund spending from other state revenues.
surcharge on millionaires for mental health programs is separate                Under most circumstances, the new money could not be used to
from and in addition to this increase.                                         provide salary or benefit increases for existing school employees.
  The rate increases would be in effect for five years, beginning in           The measure does not include any reforms to school personnel or
tax year 2012, through 2016. This means that should voters ap-                 financial practices, nor does it strengthen any of the existing teacher
prove the measure in November, the income tax hikes would be                   and school accountability measures.
retroactive to January 2012.                                                   By 2025, schools will be receiving at least $15 billion to $20 billion in
Sales Tax Hike                                                                 supplemental revenues from this tax, which would make its automatic
  Somewhat offsetting the political allure of “taxing the rich,” the           expiration that year extremely problematic.
Governor’s package also includes a four-year, half-cent increase in            Union-Sponsored Initiative
sales taxes. Although this tax is less popular with voters, the Gov-           The “Millionaire’s Tax to Restore Funding” is sponsored by the
ernor needed the revenues to make his budget numbers, and ap-                  California Federation of Teachers, the California Nurses Association
parently believes he could not reasonably raise income tax rates               and several liberal activist groups.
any higher, certainly without incurring major opposition from busi-            This measure would raise income taxes permanently by about $4 bil-
ness and high-wealth individuals.                                              lion to $6 billion annually. Key provisions include:
  The sales tax hike would take effect in January 2013 and continue            A surcharge of three percentage points on taxable incomes between
through December 2016.                                                         $1 million and $2 million, and of five points on taxable incomes above
According to the Department of Finance, the taxes will together                $2 million (raising the top rates from 10.3% to 13.3% and 15.3%, re-
raise up to $7 billion a year, for a total of $31 billion. (The Legisla-       spectively).
tive Analyst believes the income tax will raise substantially less             As with the current 1% surcharge for mental health programs, this
money, based on his belief that capital gains and bonus income will            surcharge would be the same for single, joint and head-of-household
be less robust over the medium term.)                                          taxpayers, and would not be indexed for inflation.
  The magnitude of Governor Brown’s tax increase is less than the              Proceeds would be distributed as follows:
temporary tax increase adopted by the Legislature and Governor                 K-12 schools, 36%; University of California and California State
Schwarzenegger in 2009, on an annual basis, but is for a longer                University, 8% each; Community colleges, 8%; County safety net pro-
term.                                                                          grams, 25%; County public safety programs, 10%; County road and
  Not satisfied with the Governor’s tax proposal, and perhaps sens-            bridge maintenance, 4.9%; State administrative overhead, 0.1%
ing an opportunity to appeal to a heavy voter turnout for a presi-              Within these categories, the Legislature could set conditions on
dential election, others have put two additional income tax propos-            how the funds could be spent.
als in circulation, both with the expressed aim to benefit schools.            All the new taxes would be subject to the Proposition 98 formula,
                                                                               which means that K-14 education would probably benefit even more
                                                                               as the business cycle drives up state revenues.
     Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau                   4
 Lompoc Valley Botanic and Horticultural Society
                 33rd Annual

Blooming Annuals, Perennials, and other plants for your
 garden – donated by Floranova and LVBHS members

   APRIL 1, 2012
                          2 - 4 p.m.
Location: Union Bank parking lot, corner of
  North H Street & Pine Avenue, Lompoc
              Bring your own boxes and flats to carry your flowers home.
   Call Dorene (735-3263) for further details or Martha (735-4225) to volunteer to help.
                                                                                       Hay Bales and Cocktails
   Coordinating Disability/Family                                                         Deemed Success
          Leave Benefits                                                       The fourth annual
                                                                            Hay Bales and
     Can Maximize Payments                                                  Cocktails fundraiser
Ellen S. Savage HR Adviser                                                  event for Lompoc
Employees often ask to use accrued paid vacation, sick and paid             Valley In Bloom was
time off while also collecting state disability insurance or paid           once again a great
family leave insurance. Will this affect how much their payments            success.
will be from the Employment Development Department?                         The event, held at
                                                                            the Campbell Ranch
   While the use of accrued paid vacation will not affect an                on Hapgood Road,
employee’s state disability insurance (SDI) or paid family leave            raised funds for the
(PFL) benefits, collecting sick leave or paid time off (PTO) may            ongoing programs
reduce the amount of benefits an employee can collect.                      of the national           Line dancing instruction gave participants an
However, coordinating an employee’s SDI or PFL payments with                                          excuse to “kick up their heels.”
                                                                            award        winning
the use of sick or PTO benefits can allow an employee to collect up         Lompoc Valley in Bloom program. Maintenance and replanting of
to 100% of gross wages while out on leave without reducing any of           the program’s trademark half-barrel planters, as well as assistance
the SDI/PFL benefits to which the employee is entitled.                     with the Lompoc Museum’s proposed Chumash native garden and
Vacation                                                                    landscape improvement at local school campuses are some of the
  Pure vacation, when it is not combined with sick leave in some            activities funded through the event. Attendees enjoyed wine tast-
type of PTO plan, generally will not affect SDI/PFL benefits. An            ing provided by Ampelos Cellars, Jalama Wines, Joseph Blair Wines,
employee can collect a full week of vacation pay at the same time           Brewer-Clifton, Pali and Palmina Wineries. A live auction was called
he/she is receiving full SDI/PFL benefits, even though this means           by Lompoc Mayor John Linn. A silent auction rounded out the days
the employee will end up with more than his/her normal weekly               activities, along with music provided by Victor Jordan and an Italian
wages.                                                                      themed chuck wagon buffet by event coordinator, Lori Cordova.
  Note that California law allows an employer to require employees            The Lompoc Valley in Bloom program is a valley-wide beautfication
to use up to two weeks of earned but unused vacation leave before           program which, in 2009, garnered the national America in Bloom
starting to receive PFL benefits. The first week applies to the wait-       Award for communities in similar population categories.
ing period.
Sick Leave/PTO
  Sick leave and PTO both have the potential to reduce the amount
                                                                                  Business Issues Guide Available
of SDI/PFL payments to which an employee is entitled.                         The California Chamber of Commerce 2012 Business Issues and
For example, if an employee’s normal gross weekly wages are $1,000,         Legislative Guide is available now at
and the employee is eligible to receive $550 in SDI or PFL benefits,        businessissues.
the employee cannot collect more than $450 in sick or PTO benefits             This easy-to-reference publication includes background informa-
without the Employment Development Department (EDD) reduc-                  tion synthesized by CalChamber policy advocates on issues that
ing the employee’s weekly benefit amount.                                   need attention in order to create the certainty businesses need to
Note that during the one-week waiting period after a claim is filed,        plan future investments in California jobs, plants or equipment.
when the employee is not eligible for any benefits from EDD, the              New this year is an ebook version of the Guide. As before, pdf files
employee may collect the full week’s sick or PTO wages without              of the articles highlighting major issue areas critical to the economy
affecting eligibility for SDI/PFL benefits after the waiting period.        also are available, along with pdfs of the brief summaries of issues
Coordinating Benefits                                                       expected to arise in 2012.
  Coordination of SDI or PFL benefits is a process in which the SDI         The Guide also features:
or PFL weekly benefit amount is paid to the employee by EDD, and            Biographies of CalChamber policy advocates/executive team;
the employee is also paid by the employer (usually from sick or             Guide to legislative process, including protocol for contacting leg-
PTO wages) that together with the SDI or PFL benefits total up to           islators, glossary of terms;
no more than 100% of the employee’s normal wages.                           How to write an effective lobbying letter;
   The advantage of such coordination is the employee does not              Guide to reading a bill;
have his or her SDI/PFL benefits reduced, and can stretch any               Organization chart of the executive branch;
available sick or PTO banks out over a longer period.                       Tips on talking with the media;
  It is the responsibility of the employer and the employee to en-          Recap of CalChamber candidate recruitment/development program.
sure that the employee is not receiving more than 100% of his/her
normal gross wages.                                                                  Email Addresses for Your City Officials
  The employer can verify the employee’s benefit amounts by ask-            Ashley Costa, Councilmember  
ing for a copy of the Notice of Computation the employee receives           Bob Lingl, Councilmember     
from EDD, or EDD will provide this information to the employer on           John Linn, Mayor               
request as long as the employee has authorized the disclosure on            Cecilia Martner, Councilmember
                                                                            Dirk Starbuck, Councilmember 
                                                                            Laurel Barcelona, City Administrator

     Lompoc Valley Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau                5
                                                                 Notes from Supervisor Gray
                                                                                       Col. Nina Armagno, Vandenberg Air
                                                                                    Force Base’s newest 30 th Space Wing
                                                                                    Commander was invited by Supervisor
                                                                                    Joni Gray on Friday 10 February to visit
                                                                                    the Lompoc Vets Building.
                                                                                      Col. Armagno, accompanied by her hus-
                                                                                    band Eddie Papczun and Chief MSgt.
                                                                                    Herman Moyer were met by Supervisor
                                                                                    Gray and Joe McCormick, Commander
                                                                                    VFW Post 570 and Chairman of the
                                                              Col. Nina Armagno     Lompoc Veterans Council. Coincidentally,
                                                          California State Assemblyman Katcho Achadjian and his Field Rep.
                                                          Vicki Janssen were visiting Lompoc Veterans Memorial Building
                                                          from San Luis Obispo to meet with constituents. It gave Assem-
                                                          blyman Achadjian an opportunity to also meet with Col. Armagno.
                                                            As Col. Armagno’s tour progressed, she was met by John Pratt,
                                                          Commander Vandenberg Post 125, Lee Wise, Past Post Commander
                                                          and current First Vice Commander Vandenberg Post 125. Kathy
                                                          McCullough, Finance Officer of Vandenberg Post 125, made the
                                                          second-floor Club Room ready for everyone. Tish Brickner, Adju-
                                                          tant of Vandenberg Post 125 greeted the group as she continued
                                                          working on her Post duties. Albert Ramirez, founder of Boots and
                                                          Chutes, an All Airborne organization and past Commander of
                                                          Vandenberg Post 125, explained the funeral services he and his
                                                          fellow Veterans perform free of charge for Veteran families. Don
                                                          Ramirez, Commander SAL Sqd 125 and Adele Vargas were on hand
                                                          to take the group to view the Lompoc Valley from the building
                                                          Tower. Caje Segura, Commander of American GI Forum provided a
                                                          tour of the balcony area and talked about the civic services his
                                                          organization provides. Dement Weaver, Bar Manager for VFW
                                                          Post 1717 showed Col. Armagno around the Canteen, located in
                                                          the basement of the building.
                                                            “I am amazed at how many Veteran groups are here in this build-
                                                          ing,” said Col. Armagno. “This is a wonderful resource for both
                                                          the Base and the Community.”
                                                             The Veterans were also able to have a productive conversation
                                                          with Chief MSgt. Herman Moyer. After his tour he suggested,
                                                          “The Lompoc Veteran groups might organize a Base visit to present
                                                          to the young Airmen various services and activities available here
                                                          at the Memorial Building.” Commander Joe McCormick was quick
                                                          to add, “We would also like to talk to them about joining a local
                                                            At the conclusion of the tour, Col. Armagno and Supervisor Gray
                                                          had a private meeting in her office to further discuss a few common
                                                          issues. Before her departure, Supervisor Gray presented Col.
                                                          Armagno a copy of the Lompoc Veteran Memorial Building
                                                          Foundation’s History book, written for the 75th Anniversary of the
                                                          Building, constructed in 1936.
                                                            “I am so pleased Col. Armagno took time from her busy schedule
                                                          to tour our Grand Lady. Vandenberg is a long time friend of Lompoc,
                                                          and I am always happy to meet and welcome the new Commanders
                                                          to the Lompoc Valley,” said Gray.
                                                            “I am very proud to be sharing the Lompoc Veterans Memorial
                                                          Building with such stellar men and women,” said Gray, “and I want
                                                          to take every opportunity to showcase the work they are doing to
                                                          better so many lives.”

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                                                                                   Community Events
Chamber Events Calendar
         All meetings are held at the Chamber                      March 3, Purisima's People Days, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., La Purisima Mis-
               unless noted otherwise,                             sion. Info: 805 733 3713 or
                                                                   March 3, PAL Indian Dinner, 2-6 p.m., $8 per plate, Meadows Club
2 Farmers Market, 1:30-5:30 p.m., Ocean Ave. and I Street          House, Info: 805 875 8158
8 Hispanic Business Committee, 8 a.m.
8 Military Affairs Committee, 4 p.m.                               March 4, Lompoc Civic Theatre presents, "The Outrageous Ad-
8 Y LLV Board of Trustees, 6 p.m.                                  ventures of Sheldon and Mrs. Levine," D'Vine, 107 W. Ocean Ave.,
9 Farmers Market, 1:30-5:30 p.m., Ocean Ave. and I Street          5 p.m. $50, including dinner. Reservations: 805 735 2281
9 YLLV Topic Day, Law & Government                                 March 16, 17, 18, 31st annual Girl's Youth Basketball Tourney
14 LUNCHEON, Vets Memorial Building, 11:30 a.m.                    Info: 805 875 8100
16 LLV Topic Day, Government                                       March 17, Traditional Mission Life Day, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., La Purisima
16 Farmers Market, 1:30-5:30 p.m., Ocean Ave. and I Street         Mission. Info: 805 733 3713 or
19 VIPs, 11:30 a.m.
20 Ambassadors, 4 p.m.                                             March 17, PAL Pinewood Derby, Info: 805 875 8100
22 Hispanic Business Committee, 8 a.m.                             March 18, PAL Pitch, Hit and Run, JM Park, 1 p.m.
22 MIXER, Lompoc Museum, LCT, Stone Pine Hall, 5-7 p.m.            Info: 805 315 7035
23 Executive/Finance Committee, 10 a.m.                            March 23, 24, 25, Third annual Boy's Youth Basketball Tourney
23 Farmers Market, 1:30-5:30 p.m., Ocean Ave. and I Street         Info: 805 875 8100
26 LLV Board of Trustees, 12 noon                                  \

28 Board of Directors, 7:30 a.m.                                   March 24, Arbor Day/Recognition Grove ceremony, Beattie Park,
                                                                   Info: 805 875 8100
                                                                   March 24, Spring Splash and Dash, Info: 805 875 8100
                                                                   March 24, 25, Renaissance Festival, Ken Adam Park.
                                                                   Info: 805 570 7633
                                                                   March 24, Monthly open house at the historic Fabing-McKay-
              Welcome New                                          Spanne House, 207 North L St., 10 am. to 1 p.m.

            Chamber Members                                        March 24, Monthly open house at the Historic Artesia School
                                                                   House, 115 W. Chestnut Ave., 2-4 p.m. For info, call 805 736 3888
                       As of January
                  Westside Pizza                                   March 28, Empty Bowls, fundraiser for Foodbankof S.B. County.
                                                                   Veterans Memorial Building, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. $20 - tickets
           Hummingbird Cake Stationery                             available at the Chamber office, M-F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
                   Pizza Garden
                                                                   March 30-31, Mountain Men, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., La Purisima Mission.
                  Certain Sparks                                   Info: 805 733 3713 or
                 Ken Van Vechten
                                                                   March 31, Lompoc Concert Assn. presents Cafe Musique. 7:30
             Better Beds & Furniture                               p.m., First United Methodist Church. Info: 805 740 3006, 805 735
                                                                   1408, or visit

                                           Join the 110%                      CLUB!
 Your Chamber encourages you to join our 110% Club. The VOLUNTARY 110% contribution is used to support ongoing Chamber
 programs. When you receive your membership investment renewal notice, consider becoming a 110% Club member. The little
 extra goes toward the support of the many events and activities conducted by the Chamber annually. You will be recognized in the
 Chamber newsletter. Following are the 110%ers for the month of January:

    Terry & Sheila Hammons                                                         Lis Woodward
    Simmons Residential Care                                                       Servicios Maya
    Good Samaritan Shelter,Inc.                                                    Hall Chiropractic
    County of S.B. Purchasing Dept.                                                Leonard A. Todd
    Northern Santa Barbara County United Way                                       Supervisor Joni Gray
    SyV/Lompoc Valley Community Phone Book                                         Pacific Balloon Designs
    LMPAC                                                                          Prelado de los Tesoros
    Rocky Rollins                                                                  Robert & Eileen Wyckoff
    Lynn R. Taylor                                                                 Amy‘s Village Frame Shop
                                                                                   A Storage Place - Lompoc

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            Lompoc, CA 93438-0626
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