The Lompoc City Council voted on March 16 to provide staffing at the newly revamped Huyck Stadium in exchange for public use of the lighted track and outdoor exercise equipment at no additional charge. 

Council members discussed terms of the agreement and unanimously authorized the city manager to enter into a memorandum of understanding with the Lompoc Unified School District. 

In other action, the council:

 — Viewed a presentation by Santa Barbara County Association of Governments Director of Planning Michael Becker regarding the Regional Housing Needs Allocation, which requires Lompoc to plan for an additional 2,248 housing units over the next eight years, as mandated by state law. Of those, 166 would be designated for very-low income residents, 262 for low-income, 311 for median income and 1,509 for above-median.

The city’s last assessment called for 525 units, but a changing market and newly adopted state laws have resulted in boosted figures, Becker said.

“I think this is potentially painful for a lot of jurisdictions,” Becker said. “Ultimately, it’s the result of the state doesn’t have the ability to look at local nuances through this process. The state’s goal is to increase housing production and that was one way they could do it.”

— Met in closed session to discuss existing litigation involving the Environmental Defense Center, provide staff direction on the Beattie Park property negotiations, give staff guidelines on property negotiations with Channel Islands Young Men’s Christian Association at 201 W. College Ave and carry out its annual performance review of the city manager.

— Implored Lompoc residents to comply with signage and fencing designed to protect Western snowy plover nesting areas at area beaches.

Vandenberg Air Force Base biologist Samantha Kaisersatt defined the property lines delineating the Union Pacific Railway, county-controlled Ocean Park and Vandenberg's Surf Beach. She said plover-related violations increased from 27 in 2019 to 90 in 2020 across Vandenberg Air Force Base beaches. Although visitors come from around the world, the largest proportion of violators caught reside in the city of Lompoc, she said.

“Keep in mind that Surf Beach is on a federal military installation. There are eyes everywhere. They monitor by drones. They monitor by remote-sensing cameras. They monitor by horseback and patrols. There are a lot of eyes out there at all times,” Kaisersatt said.

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