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Lompoc Valley Park & Recreation Pool Foundation

  In May of 2012, the Lompoc Valley Motorsports Park Committee, a sub-committee of the Lompoc Parks, Recreation and Pool Foundation, submitted a plan to the City of Lompoc to develop an off road vehicle area in conjunction with a 1/8 mile drag strip on land of the city's municipal airport. In addition to this submission, the committee was allowed use city land in a park to establish a temporary off road riding area for children, Kid's Moto Fun Park. In separate applications, city and sub-committee, and subsequent approval, the city was awarded $998,107 to construct an off road riding area in Lompoc, on airport property, and the sub-committee was awarded $44,913, (city report October 21, 2014) for the operation of the Kids' Moto Fun Park. The city accepted the grant of $998,107 in July 2013. The foundation's sub-committee had agreed to construct the off road riding area and drag strip (state grant funds excluded) and was to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on August 6, 2013. The signing of the MOU was rescheduled for August 21, 2013, but that did not occur. On November 19, the MOU was again on the council agenda to be agreed to by the sub-committee. That did not occur. It was not until March 4, 2014 the city and sub-committee signed the MOU with the first condition for the sub-committee to present a development plan within 60 days of the signing of the MOU. At, or before that date, the sub-committee submitted another application for a grant to the state to operate the Kids' Moto Fun Park for 2014/2015 and was subsequently awarded $47,325. 60 days came and went without submission of a development plan. It was not until October 21, 2014 that a development plan was submitted and was rejected by the city as incomplete. On February 6, 2015 a development plan was submitted and is being reviewed by the city staff. If that plan is accepted (the city has 30 days to review) then the sub-committee will be advised of the type of environmental documents required for the Motorsports Project. That could take another 30 days according to the MOU. The rest of the review and studies could take months without any indication this is a viable plan. What is described above are just the starting stages of this project and the sub-commitee has wasted away time - 20 months - and tied up almost a million dollars of public money with little to show. The state should not award anymore money to this committee/foundation or the city. This was a hastily put together plan and has little or no chance of acquiring approval of FAA or overcoming the environmental challenges, one of which is the location of this project within flood plain next to the Santa Ynez River. Thank you, Terry Hammons - 3/3/15


  In May of 2012, the Lompoc Valley Motorsports Park Committee, a sub-committee of the Lompoc Parks, Recreation and Pool Foundation, submitted a plan to the City of Lompoc to develop an off road vehicle area in conjunction with a 1/8 mile drag strip on land of the city's municipal airport. In addition to this submission, the committee was allowed to use city land in a park to establish a temporary off road riding area for children, Kid's Fun Park. In separate applications, city and sub-committee, and subsequent approval, the city was awarded $998,107 to construct an off road riding area in Lompoc, on airport property, and the sub-committee was awarded $44,913, (city report October 21, 2014) for the operation of the Kids' Fun Park. The city accepted the grant of $998,107 in July 2013. The park's sub-committee had agreed to construct the off road riding area and drag strip (state grant funds excluded) and was to sign a Memorandum of Understanding on August 6, 2013. The signing of the MOU was rescheduled for August 21, 2013, but that did not occur. On November 19, the MOU was again on the council agenda to be agreed to by the sub-committee. That did not occur. It was not until March 4, 2014 the city and sub-committee signed the MOU with the first condition for the sub-committee to present a development plan within 60 days of the signing of the MOU. At, or before that date, the sub-committee submitted another application for a grant to the state to operate the Kids' Moto Fun Park for 2013/2014 and was subsequently awarded $47,325. 60 days came and went without submission of a development plan. It was not until October 21, 2014 that a development plan was submitted and was rejected by the city as incomplete. On February 6, 2015 another development plan was submitted and rejected. There have been three applications and thus far all have have been rejected. This project is now into 20 plus months and no approved development plan. What is described above are just the starting stages of this project and the sub-commitee has wasted away time - 20 plus months - and tied up almost a million dollars of public money with little to show. In addition to time wasted, this project could potentially jeopardize a very profitable sky dive business by encroaching on their parachute drop zone. The area of this drop zone is regulated by federal regulations associated with the operation of the Lompoc Airport. The state should be well aware this not good business to contribute monetarly to off road riding use that jeopardizes an established profitable airport business. This was a hastily put together plan and has little or no chance of acquiring approval of FAA and/or Department of Fish and Wildlife as well as other agencies this project will have conflict with. Overcoming all of the environmental challenges, one of which is the location of this project within flood plain next to the Santa Ynez River, makes little sense for this project to continue. I urge no more granting of money to this foundation/committee. Thank you, Terry Hammons - 3/20/15


  Speaking as a taxpayer and a homeowner within 500 yards of this dragstrip/raceway/atv monstrosity, I am appalled that my city and its council would be complicit in the destruction of our way of life for more "bed taxes" (quoting defeated ex mayor John Linn, who had made this his pet project) and increased "restaurant diners." (note: one councilman owns a restaurant close by ) Thousands of homes will suffer from noise intrusion akin to 747s at take off. Drag strips, especially "short ones" like the one proposed,can be heard from ten miles away. WE WILL NOT STAND FOR loudspeakers, increased traffic and many other adverse impacts. Ex mayor Linn lost by a landslide because of his support for this raceway. IT's time the Council listens to the voters. Lemmings always LOSE IN THE END. Should we decimate our property values for the recreational needs of a few? Many supporters and "petition signers" are proponents from out of town. The massive support of the Off Road Association is proof. Despite their mega buck help, local supporters are way over their heads. Their claim that this raceway will be "volunteer run" is laughable. The applicants even flounder at these early stages of application by their own admission. (see March 17 Council minutes) Has the city even looked at Insurance Liability issues with a "volunteer run raceway/dragstrip /atv course? There's a reason why dozens of California cities have thrown these "motor sports PARKS (ironic)" OUT! For proponents to site this thing near fifty thousand homeowners who planned their retirement in an area with a high quality of life and in a county noted for its protections, is downright myopic, selfish and idiotic. California Parks: Stop wasting our time and your money. The pipe dream of a few needs to be put asunder NOW. Do not provide additional grant monies. AJ Tarman - 4/1/15