The Lompoc Vision
“Good News You Can Use.”
“I Won’t Grow Up,”
by Tim Becker
new Lompoc mayor and two councilmembers were
seated Thursday night, Dec. 6, during a special
meeting of the Lompoc City Council.
City Clerk Stacey Haddon issued the oath of office to
incoming Mayor Jenelle Osborne, as well as District 2
Councilman Victor Vega and District 3 Councilman Dirk
Starbuck. All three sworn in were on the previous council.
The council was seated following the certification on Dec.
6 of Santa Barbara County election results from the Nov. 6
general election, which included the City of Lompoc’s first
New Lompoc Mayor And
Mayor Osborne and councilmembers elected in city’s
first district election sworn in
by Samantha Scroggin
Osborne replaces outgoing Mayor Bob Lingl, who
served the city for a total of 12 years, including four years
as mayor, six years as a councilmember, and two years as a
“It has been an absolute honor to serve the City of Lom-
poc for the past 12 years,” Lingl said. “I’ve enjoyed work-
ing with fellow councilmembers and staff, but most of all
I enjoyed representing this wonderful community and the
people who live here. I am proud that every vote I cast over
the past 12 years was done in the best interest of Lompoc
and its citizens”.
The council seats held by Jim Mosby and previously held
by Osborne were elected at-large as part of the November
8, 2016 General Election, and those terms remain at-large
until the November 2020 General Election. The vacant
council seat will be filled by an at-large appointment.
The newly seated Lompoc City Council voted to pursue
an appointment process to fill the vacant council seat in-
stead of a potentially pricey special election.
his is being written near the end of December, in fact the day before the birthday some
people honor and celebrate. You are reading this after another celebration of completing
the year and starting another 365. I wish you all well in all facets of your life.
This past weekend my wife and I spent a delightful evening viewing and definitely enjoying a
performance of “Peter Pan” put on by PCPA at the Fine Arts Auditorium at Hancock Community
College. The performers were joyful, enthusiastic, excellent and sincere.
The song “I Won’t Grow Up” was a reminder to me that “growing up” is often a choice we
make, that is, to “grow up” versus “staying young.” Sure, there’s somewhat of a balance, we
have we have to get a job and do well in it and to live the responsibilities of “getting older.” We
can though “stay young” as we go about our interactions with other people through smiles, greet-
ings and “pleases and thank yous.” Take a walk and notice the flowers, their scent and beauty.
Take a drive to the east and west side of town and look at the beauty of the plants and bushes that
grow so abundantly and are enjoyed by so many through their wines, veggies and flowers.
“Growing up” also includes just doing the same
thing over and over again. The repetition can be
OK, but it’s better if it allows you to do other things,
satisfy a curiosity, learn new things, and share our
“growing up” with others and respond favorably
when others share their “growing up.”
Early in December I substituted in a 2nd grade
class for a day which ended when they and a bunch
of 1st and 3rd graders all joined in “practice” for
their holiday song fest coming in a week. The joy
of, the smiles, the anticipation for their special days
of the season, and just delight in being part of some-
thing was a lot to behold. And, a reminder that life
should be enjoyed, shared, and experienced. Give it
On Thursday, 20th December, the last day of
school before “break”, I subbed for a 1st grade class
and at 9:30A the kids had a coloring assignment
where they used crayons and colored pencils to “color” the shapes and designs on the worksheets the teacher had left for
me to have the kids do. They jumped right in doing what they could and shared with their table mates. What was really
cool was when I turned on the holiday music disc and right
away the kids, without instruction, joyfully jumped right in
a sang along. How cool was that, totally unfearful of what
others would say and doing it just for the fun of it. A good
I wish you and yours a wondrous New Year, one of joy,
sharing, experiencing, learning and watching “the littles”
and do what they do more often.