Santa Barbara County has named Dr. Mouhanad Hammami the new director of public health.
“Dr. Hammami has more than 20 years of experience in public government admin & healthcare & is deeply committed to public health & service,” according to a tweet from the county.
He is scheduled to start his job on Jan. 23.
Dr. Hammami succeeds Interim Public Health Director Daniel Nelson, who was appointed to the position after Dr. Van Do-Reynoso left in July. Mr. Nelson will continue to lead the Santa Barbara County Social Services Department.
Dr. Hammami spent 18 years working for Wayne County in Michigan, where he served as the director and chief health officer for the Department of Health, Veterans and Community Wellness.
— Katherine Zehnder
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Thomas Patrick Pfannenstiel, age 70, of Goleta, CA, born October 13, 1952, in Bethesda, MD, passed away November 14, 2022. He was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Lu (Price) and his father Herbert Pfannenstiel. He is survived by his wife Kristine (Nicholas), son Timothy, brother, Terry (Cheryl) Pfannenstiel and his two beloved dogs, Josie and Jackson. Tom attended San Roque and Bishop Diego before graduating from San Marcos HS, class of 1970. He owned Tom Pfannenstiel Construction for 30 years. Tom loved animals and the ocean. His passion was fishing. A Spreading of Ashes will take place aboard the fishing boat Stardust out of Santa Barbara Harbor at a future date to be announced.
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LOMPOC — The Lompoc Aquatic Center will be closed from Sunday through Jan. 1 for routine annual maintenance.
This full-facility closure will affect all regularly scheduled programs such as lap swimming, swim lessons, swim-team practice, recreational swimming and aqua exercise classes. Regularly scheduled programming will resume Jan. 2.
For more information, call the Lompoc Parks and Recreation Division at 805-875-8100.
— Katherine Zehnder
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