Carbajal apologizes to Lompoc residents
September 16, 2016
Salud Carbajal, Santa Barbara County supervisor and candidate for Congress, issued an apology Thursday afternoon after a group of people protested his reference to Lompoc as the arm pit of the county.
Recently, Carbajal was overheard asking a county employee, who had moved to Lompoc, how she liked living in the arm pit. Carbajal’s comment was overheard by several community leaders from Lompoc who took issue with the supervisor of the more affluent Montecito area of the county denigrating a poorer North County community.
Approximately three dozen protestors marched on Thursday to Carbajal’s office where they held signs up asking Carbajal to stop insulting Lompoc and to apologize.
Shortly after the protest started, Carbajal issued a statement apologizing for his remark:
“Salud apologizes for the offhand remark,” the statement says. “He is proud of the work he’s done for the city of Lompoc, including securing county and federal funding for the Lompoc Veterans Building revitalization to enhance its use for the community. He has also been involved in providing funding for critical infrastructure projects in the area. He will continue to advocate for policies that benefit working and middle class Central Coast families — and to partner with the community of Lompoc to represent them effectively in Congress.”