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Book details history of police department from 1890-2008
he long-awaited book “Peace in the Valley: History of the Lompoc
Police Department 1890-2008” has at last been released.
The author, Joseph L. Carlson, moved to the City of Lompoc in
1983 and became a volunteer for the police department in 1985. Then po-
lice Chief Bill Brown, aware
of Carlson’s background in
library science, asked Carlson
to research and document the
history of law enforcement in
Lompoc. Carlson’s book pro-
vides the first formal written
history of the Lompoc Police
Carlson spent many years
and hundreds of hours review-
ing Lompoc Library records in order to write the book, a process which
stalled along the way under changing department leadership but was reju-
venated by former Lompoc Police Chief Pat Walsh.
Carlson presented the completed book to the Lompoc Police Department and Lompoc Library earlier this week at Tues-
day night’s Lompoc City Council meeting.
“Peace in the Valley: History of the Lompoc Police Department 1890-2008” is available for checkout as part of the
Local Author Collection at the Lompoc Library, and is being sold for $30 each through the Lompoc Police Foundation.
Long-Awaited Book Released On
History of Lompoc Police Department
he courtyard of the Embassy Suites by Hilton Lompoc transformed into an out-of-this-world festival, complete
with celestial stars and planets, as employees ushered in the holiday season at their 3rd Annual Holiday Tree Light-
ing. The annual free event is a favorite among employees and regular guests alike.
St. Mary of the Assumption Church’s Choir sang holiday songs as Santa Claus descended through the glass elevator
into the courtyard to do the tree lighting honors. As Santa gave a hearty belly laugh and raised his gloved hand, the tree lit
up and snow began to fall.
Embassy Suites by Hilton Lompoc General Manager Golda
Mae Escalante said staff went through several dry runs to get
things just right. “We wanted to capture some magic for guests
but also for our staff who really put their hearts into making this
happen. Most of the decorations were hand-painted, made from
scratch and artistically designed by our team members. My fa-
vorite was the NASA space helmet!” Escalante said.
Jessica Jose, Director of Sales for the hotel, said that the turn-
out was great and accompanied by perfect weather for holiday
fun. Prior to even setting up the Christmas tree, she saw com-
ments on travel sites from people looking forward to the event.
“We have so many long-term stay guests here who are really
like family. They were impressed with the décor and enjoyed
the event.” she said.
The event also marks the 11th year Embassy Suites by Hil-
ton Lompoc has partnered with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
in participating in the Toys for Tots Drive. Event guests were
encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy to donate. The hotel collected hundreds of donations, marking another successful
year in the partnership.
The newly renovated all-suite Embassy Suites by Hilton Lompoc features a relaxing interior courtyard waterfall and
spacious two-room suites with upgraded wired and wireless internet. Digital check-in with room selection and Digital Key
are exclusively available through the industry-leading Hilton Honors application. All two-room suites feature a separate
living area, private bedroom, two 43-inch HD LCD TV’s, in-room safes, microwave, mini-fridge, and coffee maker. All
guests receive complimentary made-to-order breakfast and evening reception. Only 8 miles from Vandenberg Air Force
Base and less than an hour from Santa Barbara, the hotel is the only full-service, all-suite hotel in Lompoc and is close to
Santa Maria, Solvang, Buellton, and many other popular Central Coast cities and sites. For reservations or more informa-
or call 805-735-8311.
Embassy Suites Lompoc Launches Holiday Cheer at
3rd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting event and 11th Annual Toys for Tots Drive