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Willis Jacobson

Santa Maria Times

Lompoc, CA, United States

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Past articles by Willis:

Local 'Veterans Stand Down' leaders partner with Walmart for online donation system

Leaders of the annual Santa Barbara County Veterans Stand Down have partnered with Walmart to enable online donations ahead of this year’s event, which is scheduled to take place Oct. → Read More

What's happening at Vandenberg? We'll tell you

Interested in what's going on at Vandenberg Air Force Base? We are too. → Read More

Sheriff's Office raids suspected illegal cannabis grows in Lompoc, Carpinteria

A suspected illegal cannabis manufacturing operation in Carpinteria was raided Wednesday by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Cannabis Compliance Team, which then launched an investigation into a similar facility near → Read More

Lompoc man arrested for shooting at dwelling, running from police

A Lompoc man was arrested Sunday after allegedly being involved in a shooting, then attempting to flee from police. → Read More

'Substantial cuts': Lompoc leaders address budget deficit; services, salaries face chops

The city of Lompoc’s budget discussions kicked off in earnest Wednesday night as city department heads detailed the ways in which cuts could negatively impact the community, and at least → Read More

Lompoc barber school to host 'Cut-A-Thon' to benefit historic theater restoration

A new Lompoc business will look to introduce itself to the community this weekend by sprucing up some local hairstyles while at the same time raising funds to help restore → Read More

'Reality check': Lompoc mayor delivers sobering State of City address

Lompoc Mayor Jenelle Osborne delivered a sobering State of the City presentation Thursday afternoon that emphasized several of the challenges — particularly those related to projected budget shortfalls — that → Read More

Day of Hope teams take to the streets Wednesday to raise money for cancer patients

Volunteers are set to once again fan out across the Central Coast on Wednesday, April 10, with a shared goal of spreading awareness and raising funds to help cancer patients → Read More

Cannabis in Lompoc: Second dispensary, first testing lab set to enter market

At least two more cannabis operations are slated to open in Lompoc this year, including the city’s second retail dispensary and what could be the first testing lab in Santa → Read More

Woman arrested, charged with murder in Lompoc stabbing case

A 35-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder in relation to a fatal stabbing that took place in Lompoc on Sunday, the Lompoc Police Department announced Wednesday. → Read More

Man killed in Lompoc stabbing, city's second homicide this month

A man was killed in a stabbing in Lompoc on Sunday night, marking the second homicide in the city this month. → Read More

Lompoc Council holds off on discussing sales tax hike to raise declining revenue

For the second time in as many years, the Lompoc City Council on Tuesday night voted against introducing a potential new tax measure as a way to pull the city → Read More

Poll: Most Santa Barbara County voters support cannabis industry, see it as economic booster

A majority of Santa Barbara County voters would like to see county leaders work to sustain a regulated cannabis industry and would also like to see the local cannabis and → Read More

Days after shootings, Lompoc's public safety faces scrutiny in wide-ranging budget workshop

After two suspected gang-related shootings already this month -- including one that took the life of a teenager who was believed to have been an innocent bystander -- several Lompoc → Read More

State of the Wing: Vandenberg Air Force Base to see rise in launches, just not right away

Vandenberg Air Force Base will likely see an uptick in the amount of rocket launches it hosts, just not in the immediate future. → Read More

Demolition begins on downtown Lompoc building; site could host new development

Demolition began Tuesday on a 116-year-old downtown Lompoc building, clearing the way for a potential new development on the site. → Read More

'National treasure': Group makes formal pitch for new space center project in Lompoc

A renewed push for a space center complex in the Lompoc Valley was formally launched Tuesday night as backers of the project unveiled details for an enterprise that one of → Read More

Teenager killed in drive-by shooting; Lompoc police seeking suspects

A teenage girl, suspected of being an innocent bystander, was killed Monday evening in a drive-by shooting in Lompoc that also left a man injured, the Lompoc Police Department reported. → Read More

Project, community leaders break ground on new CHC 'supercenter' in Lompoc

Ronald Castle, the CEO of Community Health Centers of the Central Coast, delivered a message to the Lompoc community Friday before symbolically breaking ground on a new facility in the → Read More

'First 5' leaders, supporters celebrate 20 years of championing children in Santa Barbara County

Santa Barbara County’s First 5 program, according to its past and present leaders, has had many successes and reasons to celebrate over the past two decades. → Read More