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Save the Los Olivos Grange Hall

For 80 years, the beloved Santa Ynez Valley Grange Hall in Los Olivos has played host to countless local events, public and private. But unless we act quickly to raise funds to win an appeal of a recent court ruling, it may soon be taken away from the community.

Legally re-established and renamed in 2016 as the Los Olivos Community Organization, Inc. (LOCO) by members after a conflict broke out between the National Grange and the California State Grange left the local chapter abandoned and in legal limbo, residents are banding together to prevent the locally-owned and locally-managed public building from being freely handed over to the National Grange under the recent court ruling.

How could this happen? In 2013, The National Grange revoked the California State Grange charter, leaving its subordinate members, like Los Olivos, in legal limbo. In 2014, the National Grange formed a "new" California State Grange and sued to take the "old" California Grange assets and is now seeking to bring all of the California Subordinate Granges under a newly reorganized State Grange.

 The original local Grange #644 and its successor LOCO, have always held the deed to the property and in 2016, members voted unanimously for independence. A new organization was formed and received nonprofit status from the IRS and a waiver on property taxes from the State Board of Equalization and the County of Santa Barbara. For the past six years, LOCO has not been associated with the National Grange.

Community members built it in 1948 with local labor and funds on donated land. And community members have protected and preserved it for decades, raising money to maintain it, and rebuild it after a devastating fire. But however legally tenuous its claim on the hall, the National Grange is still intent on stripping from the community one of the few publicly available venues, and the most centrally located one, in the county.

Groups from all over the valley have used the hall: The Los Olivos Rotary, Arts Outreach, Lucky Clover 4H, NatureTrack, POLO Park Foundation, Valley Wind Ensemble, the Los Padres Forest Service, SYV Natural History Society, the Central Coast Film Society and many more. Santa Barbara County government has rented the centrally located hall to interact with valley residents on critical and timely matters, departments like the Office of Emergency Management, First Five, Planning and Development, Housing and Community Development, Child Welfare and more.

The hall has played host to dance classes, yoga, music performances and community workshops for decades. People have held baby showers, wedding showers, wedding receptions, birthdays, anniversaries and celebrations of life at the hall. It is the only meeting venue in the valley that is not associated with a church or a city government. Rents low so they are affordable and non-profits receive a 50% discount. The LOCO hall has hosted the Los Olivos Branch Library since 1970.

In 2020, during the Covid lockdown, the California State Grange sued LOCO demanding the hall and property. On November 10th, 2021, Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge James F. Rigali granted a Motion of Summary Judgment to the California State Grange against LOCO and the Hall.

LOCO's Directors' Insurance has covered all of the legal expenses to date. However, the members of LOCO are appealing the outcome of the court case and we have to raise funds for an Appeal Bond, which the insurance does not cover, or the State Grange can take possession of the Hall, barring it from the community, until the Appellate Court makes its decision.

A successful fundraising for the Appeal Bond will allow the custody of the hall to remain with LOCO until the Appeals Court makes its ruling. Your donation can help us keep our independence. We need to raise $55,000 by March 25th, 2022.

The Los Olivos Community Organization is a California 501(c)3, non-profit corporation. Our funding is derived from member dues, hall rentals, grants from public or private foundations, and donations from generous individuals.

Here is a link to our Go Fund Me Page:  https://gofund.me/d9bec14a



The Los Olivos Community Organization carries on an 80 year tradition of serving the Santa Ynez Valley community.

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The doors of the Los Olivos Community Organization’s are open in welcome to all. 

Besides the Solvang Veterans’ Hall, the LOCO Hall is the only non-sectarian community center in the valley.

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The historic hall features a fully permitted commercial kitchen, air conditioning and heating throughout the building, acoustic panels, a pull down projection screen, tables, chairs and shaded windows.

The Hall is available to the community  for meetings, workshops, classes and many other functions.  

Please see the events page for further details.

Hall Event Calendar  - Click on the link to the left to access our  event calendar to see what’s happening or to check availability for rental.

We look forward to helping you organize your next event at LOCO’s facility. 

 Hall Street Address:

Los Olivos Community Organization, Inc.
 
2374 Alamo Pintado Ave.
Los Olivos, CA 93441

Mailing Address:

P.O.Box 451 
Los Olivos, CA 93441 


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