Realizing Lompoc's Potential
As Mayor, my goals include
Develop Lompoc into a truly “business friendly” environment with focused and efficient community development strategies
Continue to invest in technology for a more effective and transparent city hall
Empower those addressing social concerns such as Veterans’ needs, homelessness, poverty, and literacy with progressive policies
Seek innovative solutions for budget, parks and public safety issues
Provide an ethical and respectful voice for our community
Our City Council needs to focus on implementing positive change for our community. As your Mayor, I will work with you to realize Lompoc’s potential. I respectfully ask for your support and thank you for your vote on November 6th, 2018.
Lompoc is stagnating. We regularly lose well trained public safety staff, are unable to repair our parks, and fail to maintain and improve infrastructure. We have the advantage of being a municipal city, but we do not have the surplus funds to provide incentives like special utility rate scales, tax incentives, or reduced fees. Progress is happening despite the city's inefficiency and funding shortfalls. The outdated zoning ordinance is in the process of being updated. Evaluating city services and streamlining the processes has begun but takes time to implement. Tax revenues have increased as businesses recover, and TOT (aka as the hotel tax) have risen due to the new hotel and more events by Explore Lompoc. On the downside, additional funds are needed to improve parks and public safety, but the majority of council disagreed with me and did not provide you the opportunity to vote on investing in our community.
Growth is more than just expansion. Growth is thriving. Growth is flourishing. How a city grows impacts every resident. Lompoc hasn’t grown much in the last 30 years. Lompoc can grow in a positive way: building additional homes inside the city limits, supporting annexation when requested, protecting and adding business and industrial parks. And while it is in our best interests to encourage infill to preserve our bucolic life and surrounding agriculture or refurbish existing buildings, it is not realistic to demand only allow infill or refurbishment. Lompoc should annex land upon request by an owner wanting to build in our community. Lompoc should support any business, for profit or non-profit, building modern new facilities. Building businesses and homes contribute to the local economy via salaries, inventory, utility usage, products, and services. Supporting healthy expansion is part of a thriving city.
Lompoc is your city. You deserve to know what and how decisions are being made on your behalf by those you have elected. Whether you choose to speak at council meetings, send an email about your concerns, take the day off to meet staff, or call your council member to discuss an issue, you should always feel heard and respected. And, when a solution is not readily presented, you should know that progress will continue towards resolution. While I have instituted office hours at city hall my fellow councilors have not. I am still working on finding a way to open city hall varied hours including some Saturdays or after 5pm. Modernizing and providing online services is moving forward as the new software managing all city finances, utilities, and human resources is implemented. The new city website is live! It is better organized, and information will become more accessible as the transition and updates occur over the next few months.
Keeping a community safe is the reason many cities were formed, and Lompoc’s earliest public service was its fire fighters. Today Lompoc has amazing fire safety and law enforcement professionals who are dedicated to our families and community. Unfortunately, Lompoc continually loses highly trained and qualified public safety personnel to other communities resulting in ongoing staff shortages. One cause is salaries and benefits are not competitive with surrounding communities despite recent increases in pay. A potential solution is to develop retention incentives to reduce the continual staff turnover. Appropriately funding our fire and police departments is vital to Lompoc's success.
The City of Lompoc was incorporated 130 years ago. Some of our streets, water and sewage lines, even our parks, are almost as old. We have over 300 acres of public parks in need of repair and improvement. We also have 21st Century infrastructure needs: gray water systems to use recycled water for irrigation and broadband internet connectivity to incentivize high tech business, for example. This is one area that government can create jobs; by building, maintaining and expanding parks and infrastructure. Along with maintaining and modernizing our infrastructure, we need to embrace our long history of supporting public parks by maintaining and improving our existing parks. Doing these things means investing in ourselves and our community. Exploring new funding options and investing in our city means we solve the problems ourselves.