Support for Lompoc Museum in jeopardy
The city of Lompoc is on the verge of abandoning a near 50-year partnership with the Lompoc Museum, a non-profit that serves the city by caring for the extensive collection of artifacts, documents, and materials in its collections.
Tough budget decisions may result in no fiscal support for the Museum, which depends on the city for a little more than 50 percent of its operating budget. Loss of funds from the City would abrogate a 3-way legal agreement between the Museum, the City, and the Clarence Ruth family, dating to 1969.
Without City support, the Museum would be unable to host the historic tours that are part of the Lompoc School District curriculum, there would be no sympathetic tenant in the historic, 110-year old Carnegie building, and there would be no weekend presence in the Museum, where Museum staff and board members act as city ambassadors directing tourists to the flower fields, the Mission La Purisima, and other local sites.
An interruption in funding support from the City would be a death knell for the Museum, which could not survive such a vote of no confidence. Care for our shared heritage, care for historic buildings, and honoring legal agreements are important things. Can we survive without City support for local non-profits? No Meals on Wheels, no Rape Crisis counseling, no Food Bank, no Chamber of Commerce? And no Museum?