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The Lompoc Vision

“Good News You Can Use.”


Community Invited to AAUW Fall Forums

The Lompoc - Vandenberg Branch, AAUW (American As-

sociation of University Women) invites the community to

attend a series of community forums to be held at the Lom-

poc City Hall, Council Chambers, 100 Civic Center Plaza,

Lompoc from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

Monday, September 17, 2018 -

Lompoc Mayor/City

Council Candidates

Thursday, September 20, 2018 -

CA 35th Assembly Dis-

trict Candidates

Monday, September 24, 2018 –

School Districts Bond

Measures: Lompoc Unified School District (LUSD) - Mea-

sure E2018 and Allan Hancock College (AHC) – Measure


Wednesday, October 3, 2018 -

LUSD School Board Can-


AAUW encourages the public to attend these non-parti-

san forums to meet the candidates, learn about the issues,

engage in question/answer opportunities, and to get out and

Vote on November 6, 2018.

AAUW is a national organization formed in 1881 and has

been the nation’s leading voice promoting education and

equality for everyone. Membership is open to all genders.

For more information about joining AAUW, please email

Raquel Ramos, Membership Vice President at raquelra-

For more information regarding the public forums email:

Lorraine Waldau, AAUW at


“Our first initiative is called ‘Opening Doors Faster’ to help new businesses in Lompoc get

through the permitting process and red tape so that they can open their doors to customers faster. It

will be a free guide for new businesses and a constantly-updated section of our website and also a

workshop with city representatives,” explained Joseph Dowdy when asked what the newly-formed

Lompoc Independent Business Alliance is going to do. “I believe everyone wants to see more of

what Lompoc used to be with more mom-and-pop shops where there are currently orphaned, empty

and boarded-up storefronts. One barrier to even thinking of opening a new business here is what we

have all seen—waiting for months on end for a new business to open.”

Mr. Dowdy is a former business coach for the Santa Monica College Small Business Development Center and produces

e-learning training programs. “The purpose of the Lompoc Independent Business Alliance is to lead using common sense

for the common good. To me leadership is to do what no one else is doing,” he stated while discussing the non-profit

501(c)(6) business league. “That’s half our mission and the other half is to take positive action which promotes a positive

vision of Lompoc.”

Tim Harrington, a management consultant to businesses,

and Victor Jordan, founder and publisher of the Lompoc

Vision are the other two co-founders of the Lompoc IBA.

Joseph described how the Lompoc IBA began as an idea

over coffee at the South Side Coffee Co. at the end of 2017,

“We were the ‘three amigos’ who got this thing started and

by the end of winter we were able to bring in a dozen oth-

ers who form our “founders’ circle” including Chelsea Co-

chran and Annette Hernandez.” Joseph noted that Chelsea

Cochran is a small business owner and a graduate of the

Western Association of Chamber Executives Academy and

that Annette Hernandez is the owner of Just 2 Sweet Candy

Creations & Events which is a brick-and-mortar storefront

business. “We have an incredible brain trust of knowledge

and experience; it’s just amazing.”

“One of our folks who said they would be happy to help with the ‘Opening Doors Faster’ initiative is Heather Bedford

who worked on a huge 70-page business and relocation guide with the Solvang Chamber of Commerce and the City of

Solvang to help businesses that were opening there. There is something like that here now, but what it hasn’t done is it

hasn’t made it easier for new businesses when it comes to licensing and permits,” Joseph added with great enthusiasm.

“It’s great to know that our town has people who want to help us in our efforts to raise all boats in prosperity.” Heather

and her family own Inklings Printing Company in Lompoc and Solvang.

“We have a dozen business as members now and we’ll be having elections and a membership drive and our own fun-

draisers to pay for these ‘Opening Doors Faster’ efforts but our focus right now is on launching a couple great initiatives

and establishing a positive track record. We will stay positive as that is our way of doing things. Local businesses are

welcome to join for our flat-rate $99 per year at our website right now. We can use all the help we can get from volunteers

and from anyone who sees value in what we are doing.” Contact Us for additional information at:

Lompoc Independent Business Alliance: c/o Joseph Dowdy. 805.694.8492.


‘Opening Doors Faster’

First Step for Lompoc Independent Business Alliance (IBA)

“The Heart of the Community”


The Campaign for the Lompoc Community Track & Field Announces:

The Foundation of the Community Donor Walkway


he Campaign for the Lompoc Community

Track & Field is kicking off official fundrais-

ing efforts for the brick walkway that paves

the entrance of Huyck Stadium. This is an excit-

ing way for individuals, families and businesses

to support the track and field renovation. Donors

will receive customized, personalized bricks in the

walkway at the entrance of the stadium. The com-

memorative walkway will provide a more visually

appealing entrance to the stadium and is also a fun

way for people to see their gift commemorated every

time they enter the complex.

“We are really excited about this part of our fun-

draising efforts because it gives everyone - alumni,

businesses, community members, families of current stu-

dents, etc, a chance to have their contributions recognized

in a permanent and visible way. It also allows us to memo-

rialize people with connections to the Stadium. Whether

you went to Cabrillo or Lompoc and set a track and field re-

cord in Huyck Stadium or you played football or marched

on the field for band, the track and field is a key part of

that history. We have family members joining forces to buy

family bricks, people buying them as graduation gifts for

their students, and families buying them as anniversary,

birthday and Christmas gifts for parents and siblings,” said

Kari Campbell-Bohard, co-chair for the Campaign.

Bricks are available in four sizes, 4”x8”, 8”x8”, 12”x12”

and 12”x 24” with pricing ranging between $150-$1000,

and with the opportunity for custom logos and between 3-8

lines of text depending on the size of the brick.

Bricks can be ordered online on the Lompoc Community

Track & Field website,

bricks/. Committee members will also have a table set up

at Friday night football games. You can also call Chelsea

Cochran at (805) 736-4509 or email her at lompoctrkfld@

for more information.

All donors are being recognized on the landing page of

the website and will be thanked in all printed Lompoc and

Cabrillo home football game programs this fall. Bricks can

be purchased now thru December 1, 2018.