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Old 06-22-2011, 04:28 PM
 
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Do you know anyone who uses T-mobile in Lompoc/Santa maria area? If so, do they get decent phone reception? I have T-mobile and have not read favorable posts on their webpage for coverage in that area.
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Old 06-22-2011, 06:41 PM
 
Location: Oxnard, CA
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I don't know about that...I had Sprint and had no issues there. Let me ask my friend's mother what she has and she lives in Lompoc.
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Old 06-30-2011, 11:53 AM
 
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I am relocating to the area. My new job is in Santa Barbara. Which is the better/ easier commute Lompoc to SB or Ventura/Oxnard to SB?

Rent is SB is much too high not having any luck of finding a suitable affordable place. Thanks!
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:35 PM
 
Location: In them thar hills
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Ventura is only 25 miles and if you work during normal work hours you will have the sun at your back in both commute directions. Coming from Lompoc is longer (35 or 40 I think?) and you are driving into the sun in both directions which as you know can be problematic due to other drivers who apparently have never learned what sunglasses are and who freak out when driving into the sun.
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:58 PM
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I've lived in the area for 31 years; some of those years being in Santa Maria, Vandenberg AFB and Vandenberg Village (VV).

I would stay away from Lompoc and stay in VV if you are trying to stay close to the base. Depending on where you were to live in Lompoc, you might get into the higher crime areas. Be warned though, there isn't much to do in this area unless you like the bar scene. Stores are also sparse as well as good restaurants. An hour drive south and you will be in Santa Barbara. Orcutt is another option and is 12 miles to the south and Santa Maria is just a bit further at 20 miles.

Verizon offers better cell phone service in this area of CA. The others offer horrible reception and most people complain of dropped calls.
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Old 07-01-2011, 01:31 PM
 
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BayAreaHillbilly - thanks for the tip. from the sounds of it Ventura will be best. LDH makes LOMPOC sound like the place I currently live in and trying to get away from. So I guess I will try looking in the Ventura area.
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Old 07-02-2011, 12:01 AM
 
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V. Village is nice, it is closer to the base and has some little shopping places of its own as well some food joints...and SM is only 15-20 min. away for any major shopping
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Old 07-02-2011, 12:28 AM
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V. Village is nice, it is closer to the base and has some little shopping places of its own as well some food joints...and SM is only 15-20 min. away for any major shopping
The market is very small and very limited. It has a horrible Mexican restaurant (I've eaten there 3X at lunch and it hasn't improved), Dominoes Pizza, a bar and Subway.
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Old 07-02-2011, 11:11 PM
 
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Given an option I would live in Ventura. There is so much more to do and the commute to SB from Ventura is simply breathtaking. It took me only 30 minutes to get there from Ventura to SB on a weekend. Do not know the commute time during the week. I lived there for a work assignment and loved it. Now I am in Lompoc which is a small town with a friendly feel to it. But unless you are into cycling there is nothing here to do. Many of the stores are shut down and there are very few places to eat out.
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:34 PM
 
Location: Oxnard, CA
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Given an option I would live in Ventura. There is so much more to do and the commute to SB from Ventura is simply breathtaking. It took me only 30 minutes to get there from Ventura to SB on a weekend. Do not know the commute time during the week. I lived there for a work assignment and loved it. Now I am in Lompoc which is a small town with a friendly feel to it. But unless you are into cycling there is nothing here to do. Many of the stores are shut down and there are very few places to eat out.
Interesting...I generally have no issues finding places to eat there....lol, there are the usual places like the Jetty and some Italian place that is escaping my mind right now. You might have to drive to Solvang for places like AJ Spurs, Hitching Post and other places.
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