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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-

tion, visit

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