District vote suits Lompoc
It is time for district elections in Lompoc.
District elections will add much. Representation for everyone in the community will increase. City Council members will be elected from districts, so they will be more knowledgeable of local and neighborhood issues.
Increasing diversity on the City Council will benefit Lompoc. District elections make it possible for younger people and lower socioeconomic people to run for and be elected to the council, because it does not cost as much to run for office as with a citywide race.
With district elections, there is more neighborhood representation on the City Council and the council is more diverse.
Many cities in California have implemented district elections in recent years, including Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Goleta and Carpinteria. If the City Council institutes district elections, it will cost far less than if there were a court case to establish district elections.
District elections are the right move for Lompoc. The City Council should vote to implement district elections for the benefit of the community.
Questioning climate change
A recent letter on how much danger we are in from sea-level rise brought to mind several questions I have pondered.
We have been told the Great Barrier Reef is being killed off. Sometimes we are told this is the third or fourth time the reef has been in this condition. No one ever says what caused the previous die-offs. Were they human-caused? If not, why do we think this die-off is caused by human action?
We know much of the Northern Hemisphere was covered by ice for thousands of years, but about 40,000 years ago, Earth warmed and the ice receded. What caused that warming? Certainly not coal-fired power plants and SUVs.
In the middle of the 19th century there was a mini-ice age that severely impacted much of northern Europe, and was even noted by early Americans in the 1600s and 1700s. What brought about the warming that ended this disaster?
Earth’s climate is in continual change, has been for centuries, and likely will continue for centuries. The question is, if these changes have occurred previously, can we be certain that human actions are having a major influence now?
Buellton fest rocks
The 15th Annual Buellton Barbecue Bonanza was a huge success.
It was great to see everyone enjoying themselves with the feasting and fellowship at River View Park in Buellton, with plenty of food, live music, water slides and activities for kids, prize raffle, and exhibits by local community groups and businesses.
All of this would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of the many people involved in making this event great. A big thank-you to the staff and officials at the city of Buellton.
Thanks to all of the dedicated NCL volunteers, Boy Scouts of Troop 42, summer camp counselors, and a special thank-you to Bobby Covarrubias for the incredible help.
Thanks to all the groups and individuals who participated by having a display or table. Thank-you to our rocking bands Cadillac Angels and Sweatervest for sharing your musical talents.
And special thanks to Mark, Vickie and Misty Mendenhall, Dan and Pauline Heedy, Ron Anderson, Henry and Elaine Alvarado, Lance Bruner, Lloyd Snyder, Jeff Adams, and Vinnie and all the rest of the food and barbecue crew for preparing the delicious feast for nearly 1,000 Bonanza goers.
Finally, thanks to all the Buellton citizens, Valley residents and visitors who came out to enjoy the day with us at River View Park and participated in the festivities. Thank you for supporting activities in our community and for making this such a great place to live and work. We hope to see you all for more fun at next year’s Buellton Barbecue Bonanza.