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David MacFarlane, right, receives Lompoc's first certificate of occupancy for a commercial cannabis business. At immediate left is City Manager Jim Throop, and members of city staff.


First certificate of occupancy for a commercial cannabis business issued

The city of Lompoc on Friday announced the issuance of its first certificate of occupancy for a commercial cannabis business.

The certificate of occupancy permits the licensee, David MacFarlane, to open his cannabis dispensary at 423 West Ocean Ave. as soon as he chooses.

As of Friday afternoon, 10 commercial cannabis use license applications had been approved by the Lompoc City Clerk’s Office with an additional 16 pending, according to Lompoc spokesperson Samantha Scroggin. There is no estimate as to when the next certificate of occupancy will be issued for a cannabis business. This certificate is required for a business to operate in Lompoc.

Commercial cannabis use license applications have been available to the public since March 1, 2018.

The city’s cannabis webpage at www.cityoflompoc.com/government/departments/city-clerk/commercial-cannabis-business-in-lompoc/-fsiteid-1 features information, including application fees and requirements, state cannabis regulations, as well as copies of local cannabis use ordinances and regulations.

Contact information for questions regarding business tax licenses, zoning and land use questions, and general inquiries about cannabis businesses in Lompoc can also be found on the webpage.

Santa Barbara County

Food bank to assist furloughed federal workers

The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County will hold distribution events next week on Wednesday and Friday for federal employees impacted by the government shutdown.

The events — which will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Santa Maria and Santa Barbara — are intended to assist federal employees who missed regular paychecks Friday due to the partial government shutdown that began Dec. 22. 

No identification is required and immediate family members can pick up food on behalf of a federal employee, a food bank spokeswoman said.

The food bank’s Santa Maria distributions will be held at 490 W. Foster Road and Santa Barbara distributions at 4554 Hollister Ave.

Santa Maria

Fire Department to offer free emergency preparedness course

The Santa Maria Fire Department will host a free three-part Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course this month.

The course will teach skills that residents can use to prepare for any emergency. Topics will include preparedness kits, response planning, first aid and light search and rescue. Advance registration is required.

It will be held at Rancho Buena Vista Estates, 2135 N. Railroad Ave. in Santa Maria, on the following dates:

  • Part 1: Jan. 17, from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Part 2: Jan. 19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Part 3: Jan. 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Anyone who has questions or wants to register to take the course is asked to contact Roy Dugger, emergency services specialist with Santa Maria Fire Department, by emailing rdugger@cityofsantamaria.org or calling 805-925-0951, ext. 2334.

Santa Barbara County

CoastHills offers financial services to furloughed federal workers

CoastHills Credit Union is offering financial assistance programs for any existing members adversely affected by the federal government shutdown, a CoastHills spokesman said.

Formerly known as Vandenberg Federal Credit Union, CoastHills has been serving personnel affiliated with Vandenberg Air Force Base 60 years.

With furloughed federal employees working without pay since Dec. 21, CoastHills officials wanted to provide temporary support for members in need, the spokesman said.

“Our programs can provide critical, immediate support at a time when our member-owners trust us to step in and help,” said Paul Cook, CoastHills president and chief executive officer. “This is what credit unions do.”

The not-for-profit credit union currently has more than 67,000 members in Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, Monterey and Santa Cruz counties

To find out what programs are available, CoastHills members can visit any of the credit union’s 11 branches or call the Support Center toll-free at 800-262-4488.

Santa Maria

'Leading with Love' focus of March women's conference

A Santa Maria-based women's collective is inviting women from across the Central Coast to participate in a daylong conference designed to "embrace women by sharing stories, building trust and redefining expectations."

Touchstone, a collective co-founded by community members Diane Adam and Emily Smith, will host its inaugural "Leading With Love" conference on March 9 at the Radisson Hotel in Santa Maria. Admission is $100 per attendee and includes participation in all activities and sessions, coffee breaks, lunch and an after-party featuring food and wine by women winemakers.

"I am so excited to spend the day with 300 women who are eager to learn and grow together," Smith said. "It is my greatest wish that all who participate in the conference would be encouraged to lead with love."

Billed as a "transformative, daylong conference," conference organizers say attendees can expect to feel "enlightened, empowered and energized" after hearing from motivational speakers, engaging in thought-provoking conversation, witnessing moments of inspiration and enjoying cuisine, art and music.

The event is designed for women of all ages and stages. Though organizations are encouraged to use the conference as a professional development opportunity, organizers say it is not intended to be corporate or political.

"Leading with Love" conference tickets, information and sponsorship opportunities can be found online at www.touchstonecc.com. The organization can be reached at 805-619-9010 or by email at touchstonecentralcoast@gmail.com.

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