Carbajal apologizes to Lompoc residents

September 16, 2016
Salud Carbajal

Salud Carbajal

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.”


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8 Comments

  1. Francesca Bolognini says:

    I plan on writing in Bill Ostrander, whom I believe should have received much more substantial support in the primary elections. A man of the people with extensive practical experience, Good education, political experience campaigning for political finance reform and good ideas to apply to the challenges we will be facing in this county. I intend to ignore the “business as usual” elite running corrupt political games for their cronies. I suggest doing the same.

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  2. jimmy_me says:

    It always disgusts me when rich people pretend that “they’re one of us”. He just lost my vote.

    (8) 10 Total Votes - 9 up - 1 down
  3. ConfedOfDunces says:

    Offence must be taken. People in government take, take, take.

    I wonder, is he sorry that Lompoc is an armpit or that he was overheard?

    (18) 20 Total Votes - 19 up - 1 down
  4. nunsense says:

    “Salud apologizes for the offhand remark,”

    did he just go third person? can’t stand when people do that.

    (13) 15 Total Votes - 14 up - 1 down
  5. Josey Wales says:

    Folks,

    I hate to have to break the news, but, like Salud Carbajal, Justin Fareed views common people with disdain as well. I think it’s a politician-thing, they only appease us at election time, the rest of the time, they couldn’t care less about common people.

    I heard Justin Fareed spends most of his time down in Santa Monica, rubbing elbows with the wealthy elite They are different elite than Carbajal’s Monticieto crowd, but elites just the same.

    We would be better off choosing our congressional representative by randomly pulling someones name out of the phone book.

    Just saying,

    Josey

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  6. Ben Daho says:

    when I ask people where they live and they say “Lompoc” They’ll mention that it’s the armpit.

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  7. panflash says:

    Hey CCN- you provided an inaccurate headline on this article. Carbajal issued a statement- he did not apologize. Apologies are when the individuals in question stand up and personally say that they regret whatever they said and actually say “I’m sorry, and I apologize.”

    Carbajal apparently, instead, chose the cowardly political gimmick of issuing a statement, which could have been written by some political campaign staffer who is good at covering up political blunders by candidates.

    If this is indicative of Carbajal’s “integrity”, then he has just disqualified himself from representing this district in the United States House of Representatives.

    Shame on him. And shame on his political campaign operatives. The voters are not that stupid, and they aren’t buying the same tired old political gimmicks from the 1900s anymore.

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  8. Rich in MB says:

    Let me put this through the PoliticalSpeekafier for you’all:

    “You damn little people in these outlying armpit communities don’t matter to me and my rich elite friends and it kills me to have to suck up to you heathens for votes, but that is the system we have. So I’m sorry my true feelings for you little people was made known and leaked out. So I love you, respect you and am asking for your vote. There, is that good enough because I can’t even believe I’m having to stoop this low and communicate with you Deplorables. It’s not like you have the money to come to one of my fund raisers or see my at the Yacht and Country Clubs.”

    And that my friends is that.

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