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Spotlight on Community roundup: Local events and business highlights

By Spencer Cole

The hot dogs have been be grilled, the fireworks launched, and holiday parties–at least for the time being–complete, but there's still plenty of goings-on in and near Northern Santa Barbara County. So many, in fact, we thought it might be fun to highlight a few that caught our attention.

Speaking of parties, this 4th of July celebration in Lompoc owed quite a bit to the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, which donated $8,000 for this year's fireworks show at Lompoc High School's Huyck Stadium. The event also received funding and sponsorship from Toyota of Lompoc. 

This year’s 4th of July fireworks display in Lompoc received a healthy injection of funds from the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians to the tune of $8,000. The event was also sponsored by Toyota of Lompoc.

"The city of Lompoc's 4th of July Spectacular Fireworks Show is special to our community, and we are so grateful for the support of the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and Toyota of Lompoc in making this year's event even more spectacular and memorable," Lompoc Recreation Division Manager Mario Guerrero Jr. stated a week before the holiday.

Santa Marians had a different reason to celebrate the start of July after the city announced a pavement maintenance project would be completed by the middle of the month. The targeted streets for repair included: East Cypress from South Nicholson to South Stratford avenues; East Cypress Street from South Palisade Drive to South Suey Road; North Valerie from East Main streets to East Alvin Avenue; North Palisade Drive from North Valerie Street to East Alvin Avenue; North Lincoln from West El Camino streets to West Bunny Avenue; and West Pershing Street from South Blosser Road to South Western Avenue. 

The work is made possible through funding from the recently implemented SB 1 Gas Tax revenues, which city officials said provided "the first significant, stable, and ongoing increase in state transportation funding in more than two decades, paid from diesel and gas fuel sales taxes and vehicle registration fees."

 The national chain Cracker Barrel officially announced it would begin work on a new store at 905 E. Betteravia Road. The restaurant is famous for its southern style breakfast food and in-house gift shop that offers a variety of knick knacks and apparel. 

A spokesperson for the company said in a statement that the store was targeting a grand opening date some time in February, 2019. 

Down south, the Lompoc Valley Cannabis Association (LVCA) announced the election of three temporary board members as it transitions its status to a nonprofit.

Santa Barbara County Agricultural Advisory Commission appointee, John De Friel, ran unopposed and will serve as the association's first president. De Friel was unavailable for comment by press time. Chantel Green will be the association's first secretary.
"I am pleased to be able to serve as secretary for the LVCA," Green stated after the results were made public. "I am happy to take on these responsibilities and help create a welcoming and fair environment for all."

The association's treasurer is Stacy Wooten, who released the following statement: 

"I look forward to serving as the LVCA's temporary treasurer in the beginning phases of this nonprofit organization. I will make sure to uphold my duties as acting treasurer in order to make this organization successful." 

LVCA spokesperson and co-founder, Joe Garcia, said Wooten operated a "full-service licensing, compliance, and business services firm, providing services to cultivators, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, micro-businesses, and other industry-related companies that operate in Lompoc and Santa Barbara County."

The temporary board members will be working with co-founders Matthew Dula and Garcia, helping with the transition to a nonprofit status, as well as structuring internal policies and procedures. The temporary board will be in place for up to six months to complete those tasks. Once the organization is officially set up as a nonprofit, Garcia said, the LVCA will hold elections for one-year terms to a full board with more seats.

Up north in San Luis Obispo County, the American Veterans United will host their monthly general meeting on Saturday, July 22, at 11 a.m. at Rancho Nipomo BBQ at 108 Cuyama Lane, Nipomo. The meeting is open to the public. Meetings are held on the fourth Saturday of each month and open to all veterans seeking help with benefits and claims.

For more information, call (805) 529-1313. 

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