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The California Space Authority, which promoted the aerospace industry in the state for the past decade and led efforts to develop the California Space Center, will dissolve.

Officials announced today that the CSA Board of Directors agreed Monday to begin the dissolution process, with members voting in favor of breaking up the organization.

CSA will cease to operate effective today.

Janice Dunn, former deputy director, said a lack of funding led to the decision. In the past few months, the organization learned an expected $5 million in federal money wouldn't be coming through.

The dissolution also means an end to plans to develop the California Space Center, envisioned as providing education, entertainment, cultural activities and office space.

Until earlier this year, CSA had been working with the Air Force to develop the Space Center on land along Lompoc-Casmalia Road (Highway 1) where the former mobile-home park sat. More recently, CSA officials began negotiating with Lompoc city officials to develop the project on land near Ken Adam Park.

Dunn said officials have notified Lompoc leaders that the CSA is terminating negotiations for the land because the organization is in the process of dissolving.

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