Tuesday, June 19, 2018     Volume: 19, Issue: 15

Santa Maria Sun / News

Cover Story

Growing pains: From cut flowers to cannabis, Lompoc grapples with its past while eyeing economic opportunity

Dan Vordale’s boots crunch loose dirt and crumpled dead grass as he stomps through a neat row of waist-high flowers.  “Ever since we came into this valley, the one flower we’ve grown is called stock,” he says. “It’s a big part of our company’s sales.” Vordale is a vice president for Ocean View Flowers, a locally owned growing operation just a few miles outside of Lompoc. Founded in the 1990s, Ocean View has around 50 full-time employees with about the same number of part-tim... [ Read Article ]


Santa Maria Sun / Opinion


Lompoc, a city in decline

I keep trying to remain optimistic that there will be a dramatic turnaround of new growth and an influx of prosperity and wealth in Lompoc, but all the signs point in the opposite direction. In many ways a tone-deaf City Council majority has contributed to a reversal of improvements that have been made by previous community leaders. The majority has opposed or ignored any effort to raise the image of Lompoc. This year, ... [ Read More ]

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