Saturday, January 18, 2020     Volume: 20, Issue: 46

Santa Maria Sun / Opinion


Lompoc's budget deficit is real, no matter who denies it

On May 2, 2017, City Manager Patrick Wiemiller said in a briefing to the Lompoc City Council, “The biggest financial hurdle facing Lompoc, according to staff, is the city’s obligation of about $70 million to the California Public Employees’ Retirement System, or CalPERS.” Today the deficit is well over $90 million and growing. The obligation to pay these folks, many of whom retired years ago, isn... [ Read More ]

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Weekly Poll
How do you feel about the proposed Strauss Wind Energy Project near Lompoc?

It'll kill way too many birds.
The county needs to significantly increase its renewable energy production.
I'm concerned about the birds, but climate change will kill a lot more.
It doesn't matter. This project will fizzle out just like the last one.

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