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Future of Lompoc Swap Meet Up For Discussion

LOMPOC, Calif. - Traffic, trash, and noise. Those are some complaints from homeowners living near a weekly swap meet in Lompoc. The future of the swap meet is up for discussion at tonight's City Council meeting, where  neighbors will have a chance to voice their complaints.

Rani Kokatnur lives down the street from the parking lot where the longtime Saturday Lompoc swap meet takes place. Thousands attend each week, and neighbors have grown tired of the traffic, trash, and noise the event generates.

"I know at times they've had music playing really loud or they've had people speaking into microphones trying to get customers to come," said Kokatnur. "That to me begins to change it from something that is a pretty good option for the neighborhood to becoming more of a nuisance."

Neighbors' concerns will be brought up during tonight's city council meeting. Also up for discussion is how the swap meet will benefit the city financially moving forward.

"That's really kind of unclear, and I think that's one of the things that needs to be understood, is whether or not that the vendors that are there are paying their sales tax and then in fact if we are getting our fair share of it," said Lompoc Mayor John Linn.

The swap meet currently pays the city $400 a week to operate. There isn't much regulation when it comes to keeping track of sales tax from vendors, but Linn hopes that will change.

"They're competing with local stores, so they should need to compete on an even footing," said Linn.

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