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- All voters in the City of Santa Barbara will be receiving a ballot with prepaid postage to vote on a Mayoral candidate. In addition to the City-wide Mayoral race, voters in Districts 4, 5, and 6 will also be electing a Councilmember to represent their respective District.
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Precincts Reporting:%
Alice Patino (I)12, | 67%
William Smith3, |17%
Alberto Ugalde3, | 16%

Alice Patino is on her way to a third term as Santa Maria mayor. With % of precincts reporting, Patino has received nearly four times as many votes as her competitors. She earned 12, votes votes while her two challengers each received over 3, votes.

"I would just like to say a huge thank you," Patino said on election night.

She reflected on the unique nature of running for office during a pandemic and the limitations it put on the usual face to face interactions with voters.

"It's been really difficult this time when you're campaigning," Patino said. "And of course I am a mayor every single day of the week and my constituents are all the people in Santa Maria. I'm just really pleased that that many people said yes we want you to continue, we want you to go on for another term."

Former educator Will Smith finished second with 3, votes. He also ran in , finishing well behind Patino. Smith said he ran to, "Bring unity and harmonize the community."

Local business owner Alberto Ugalde ran for the first time and earned 3, votes. The year-old said he expects to run for office again. Before the vote came in, the young barber told us he felt he already won because, "I got people to go to register," Ugalde said. "I got people to vote again that haven't voted in a while, and I got young kids to register and go and vote."

Patino was first elected mayor in after serving for 12 years as a city council member. The mayor is elected to four year terms and there are no term limits. Patino grew up in Santa Maria and was formerly a teacher before getting involved with city government.

Patino says she is focused on helping restart the economy as it recovers from the pandemic. She wants to partner with colleges to find ways to bring more well paying careers to the area. She serves on the Governor's Housing Task Force and wants to continue working to accommodate growth in Santa Maria.

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Santa Maria Sun / News

The following article was posted on November 10th, , in the Santa Maria Sun - Volume 21, Issue 37 [ Submit a Story ]

The following articles were printed from Santa Maria Sun [] - Volume 21, Issue 37

Mayor Patino wins reelection, Escobedo wins council seat

By Malea Martin

As voters trickled into the Edwards Community Center, one of Santa Maria’s seven polling places, on Nov. 3 it appeared most were there to drop off mail-in ballots. Only a few were there to cast their votes in person.

Most voters in Santa Barbara County opted to vote by mail this year. Many voters arriving at polling places on Nov. 3 were dropping off mail-in ballots in person.

Bolinda Rodriguez dropped off her and her daughter’s mail-in ballots. She said she felt better about seeing the poll workers physically receive her ballot than putting it in the mail.

Rodriguez said she was able to get the day off to drop off her ballot, but in past elections, work was a reason she couldn’t make it to the polls. As a single mom, she said, it can be hard to find the time, but she wanted to set an example for her daughter, a first-time voter.

“Sometimes you don’t realize how important it is until it’s too late,” Rodriguez added.

In a “Post Election First Update” Elections Summary Report posted by Santa Barbara County on Nov. 9, unofficial results show that incumbent Mayor Alice Patino will have another term in office. So far, she has won with percent of the vote or 17, votes. In second is Alberto Ugalde 4, votes, and in third is Will Smith with 4, votes.

“It’s a crazy time to be running a campaign,” Patino said of running for office during the pandemic. “I think of all the things I still want to accomplish. There will always be things left undone, but there’s so many things I want to accomplish.”

Patino said she plans to focus on economic recovery and housing as she launches into her third term as mayor.

“We need to get our businesses open and going. The economy needs to get going. We can’t function without revenues,” Patino said. “I think housing is something that we’re going to be looking to fulfill. … A plan for where it’s going to go and the vision.”

The Santa Maria City Council will have a fresh face representing District 1: Carlos Escobedo, who so far has secured percent, or 2, votes. Osvaldo Sotelo is in second with 1, votes. Brian Billones is third with votes, and Christopher Diaz is fourth with

“I feel happy and I feel proud,” Escobedo told the Sun. “My volunteers enjoyed the process and I’m really grateful for the community and my whole team. It took a team to make this happen. I’m honored to earn the trust of District 1 voters. … I will make Santa Maria a great place to live, work, and recreate.”

Escobedo added that he “walked every single street” in District 1 during his campaign, collecting information from the community about what changes they’d like to see. This is going to guide his focus when he takes office in the new year, Escobedo said.

“I want to say thank you to everybody who supported this campaign and to the community especially, because this was a campaign from the people, for the people,” Escobedo said. 

Extended Interview: Santa Maria City Council candidate Carlos Escobedo

Santa Maria, California

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&#;•&#;State SenatorMonique Limón (D)[4]
&#;•&#;AssemblymemberJordan Cunningham (R)[4]
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Santa Maria (Spanish for "St. Mary") is a city near the Central Coast of California in northern Santa Barbara County. It is approximately 65 miles (&#;km) northwest of Santa Barbara and miles (&#;km) northwest of downtown Los Angeles. Its estimated population was ,,[11] making it the most populous city in the county and the Santa Maria-Santa Barbara, CA Metro Area. The city is notable for its wine industry and Santa Maria-style barbecue.


Santa Maria was named by noted Californioranchero Juan Pacífico Ontiveros.

The Santa Maria Valley, stretching from the Santa Lucia Mountains toward the Pacific Ocean, was the homeland of the Chumash people for several thousand years. The Native Americans made their homes on the slopes of the surrounding hills among the oaks, on the banks of the Santa Maria River among the sycamores, and along the coast. They had unique plank-built boats, called Tomol, which they used for ocean fishing.

In , the Portolá Expedition passed through the Santa Maria Valley during the first Spanish land exploration up the coast of Las Californias Province. Mission San Luis Obispo de Tolosa was established just north of the valley in , and Mission La Purísima Concepción was established near present-day Lompoc in Rather than rich soil, white settlers were attracted here by the possibility of free land. In , after the Mexican War of Independence, the mission lands in Santa Maria Valley were made available for private ownership under a Mexican land grant called Rancho Punta de Laguna. At the end of the Mexican War in , California was ceded to the United States.

In the late 19th century, after California gained statehood in , the area's rich soil attracted farmers and other settlers. By the end of the century, the Santa Maria River Valley had become one of the most productive agricultural areas in the state. Agriculture is still a key component of the economy for the city and the entire region.[12]

Between and , four of the valley's settlers, Rudolph Cook, John Thornburg, Isaac Fesler (for whom Fesler Jr. High School is named), and Isaac Miller (for whom Miller Elementary School is named), built their homes near each other at the present corners on Broadway and Main Street. The townsite was recorded in Santa Barbara in The new town was named Grangerville, then changed to Central City. It became Santa Maria on February 18, , since mail was often being sent by mistake to Central City, Colorado. Santa Maria was chosen from the name Juan Pacifico Ontiveros had given to his property 25 years earlier.[citation needed] Streets named after the four settlers now form a 6 block square centered at Broadway and Main Street, the center of town.

Map of Santa Maria District Oil and Gas Fields

Oil exploration began in , leading to large-scale discoveries at the turn of the 20th century. In , Union Oil discovered the large Orcutt Oil Field in the Solomon Hills south of town, and a number of smaller companies also began pumping oil. Two years later, Union Oil had 22 wells in production. Other significant discoveries followed, including the Lompoc Oil Field in and the Cat Canyon field in Over the next 80 years more large oil fields were found, and thousands of oil wells drilled and put into production.[13] Oil development intensified in the s, with the discovery of the Santa Maria Valley Oil Field in ,[14] right underneath the southern and western parts of the city of Santa Maria, which spurred the city's growth even further. By there were 1, oil wells in operation in the Santa Maria Valley, producing more than $ million worth of oil.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of square miles (58&#;km2), of which, square miles (59&#;km2) of it is land and square miles (&#;km2) of it (%) is water.

Santa Maria is situated north of the unincorporated township of Orcutt, California, and south of the Santa Maria River (which serves as the line between Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County). The valley is bordered on the west by the Pacific Ocean and to the east by the San Rafael Mountains and the Los Padres National Forest. The city of Guadalupe, California is approximately 9 miles (14&#;km) to the west of Santa Maria.


Santa Maria experiences a cool Mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classificationCsb) typical of coastal areas of California north of Point Conception. The climate is mostly sunny, refreshed by the ocean breeze. Fog is common. Snow in the mountains is seen during the winter however, in the lowest parts of the city it is virtually unknown; with the last brief flurry recorded in January The only recorded earlier snowfall was in January Rainfall averages 14 inches (&#;mm) annually.

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Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[18]


The United States Census[19] reported that Santa Maria had a population of 99, The population density was 4, people per square mile (1,/km2). The racial makeup of Santa Maria was 55, (%) White, 1, (%) African American, 1, (%) Native American, 5, (%) Asian, (%) Pacific Islander, 29, (%) from other races, and 5, (%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 70, persons (%).

The Census reported that 98, people (% of the population) lived in households, (%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and (%) were institutionalized.

There were 26, households, out of which 13, (%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 14, (%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 3, (%) had a female householder with no husband present, 1, (%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 1, (%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and (%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 5, households (%) were made up of individuals, and 2, (%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was There were 20, families (% of all households); the average family size was

The population was spread out, with 31, people (%) under the age of 18, 12, people (%) aged 18 to 24, 28, people (%) aged 25 to 44, 18, people (%) aged 45 to 64, and 9, people (%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was years. For every females, there were males. For every females age 18 and over, there were males.

There were 28, housing units at an average density of 1, per square mile (/km2), of which 13, (%) were owner-occupied, and 13, (%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was %; the rental vacancy rate was %. 46, people (% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units and 52, people (%) lived in rental housing units.


According to the census,[20] there were 77, people, 22, households, and 16, families residing in the city. The population density was 4, people per square mile (1,/km2). There were 22, housing units at an average density of 1, per square mile (/km2). The racial makeup of the city was % White, % African American, % Native American, % Asian, % Pacific Islander, % from other races, and % from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were % of the population.[21]

There were 22, households, out of which 42% had children under the age of 18 living with them, % were married couples living together, % had a female householder with no husband present, and % were non-families. % of all households were made up of individuals, and % had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was and the average family size was

In the city, the population was spread out, with % under the age of 18, % from 18 to 24, % from 25 to 44, % from 45 to 64, and % who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 29 years. For every females, there were males. For every females age 18 and over, there were males.

The median income for a household in the city was $51,, and the median income for a family was $48, Males had a median income of $28, versus $22, for females. The per capita income for the city was $13, About % of families and % of the population were below the poverty line, including % of those under age 18 and % of those age 65 or over.


Agriculture plays an important role in the city's economy. The Santa Maria area is home to an increasing number of vineyards, wineries and winemakers and is centrally located to both the Santa Ynez and Foxen Canyon areas of Santa Barbara County's wine country, and San Luis Obispo County's Edna Valley-Arroyo Grande wine country.

The agricultural areas surrounding the city are some of the most productive in California, with primary crops including strawberries, wine grapes, celery, lettuce, peas, squash, cauliflower, spinach, broccoli and beans. Many cattle ranchers also call the Santa Maria Valley home.

Two of the city's major retail centers, the Crossroads,[22] completed in , and the historic Enos Ranch site,[23] still under development, are both situated adjacent to the Freeway at Betteravia Road. The city is also home to the only enclosed shopping mall in Santa Barbara County, and the largest on the Central Coast, the Santa Maria Town Center, located at the junction of Broadway and Main Street. Santa Maria also features the historic Santa Maria Inn, located on South Broadway; originally built in by Frank McCoy, it is a registered historic landmark and features a wide variety of luxuries and amenities.[24] Several famous guests have stayed at this inn, including Charlie Chaplin, Rudolph Valentino, Bette Davis, Bing Crosby, and Herbert Hoover.

In recent years, other industries have been added to the city's agricultural and retail mix, including: aerospace; communications; high-tech research and development; energy production; military operations; and manufacturing.

The petroleum industry has long had a large presence in the area, since oil was first discovered at the Orcutt Oil Field in By , there were 1, oil wells in operation in the Santa Maria Valley, producing more than $ million worth of oil.[12]

Top employers[edit]

According to the city's Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[25] the top employers in the city are:

Arts and culture[edit]

Tri-Tip and Santa Maria-style barbecue[edit]

Tri-tipon the grill, with a saucepan of beans and loaves of bread

Main article: Santa Maria-style barbecue

Santa Maria-style barbecue is a regional culinary tradition rooted in the Santa Maria Valley. The tri-tip steak has its roots in Santa Maria[citation needed]. Tri-tip is a cut of beef from the bottom sirloin. It is a small triangular muscle, usually to &#;lb ( to 1,&#;g) per side of beef. In the United States, this cut was typically used for ground beef or sliced into steaks until the late s, when it became a local specialty in Santa Maria. "Santa Maria-style" barbecue is usually used in reference to the seasoning of tri-tip or other meats (most notably top sirloin, or "top block") when rubbed with salt, pepper, and spices and cooked whole on a rotisserie or grilled over local red oak wood. The side dishes complementing a typical "Santa Maria-style" barbecue generally consist of garlic bread, pinquito beans, and a salad.

Sunset Magazine's August issue features a page spread on Santa Maria Style BBQ, crowning Santa Maria as "The West's Best BBQ Town".[26]


Main article: Santa Maria Valley AVA

Santa Maria, along with the neighboring Lompoc, Los Alamos and Santa Ynez Valleys, combine to create one of the nation's largest wine-producing regions, referred to as the Santa Barbara Wine Country.

The often foggy and windswept Santa Maria Valley is the northernmost appellation in Santa Barbara County. The region's first officially approved American Viticultural Area (AVA) enjoys extremely complex soil conditions and diverse microclimates. Chardonnay and Pinot noir are two varietals which especially benefit from the ocean's influence, and are the flagship wines of this appellation.

Santa Maria Valley grapes are also used by wineries throughout Santa Barbara County and at many wineries outside of the county. The Santa Maria Valley name is used on labels from wineries that are based far away from the Santa Barbara County sunshine. The Santa Maria Valley appellation is bounded by the San Rafael Mountains and the Los Padres National Forest to the east, and by the Solomon Hills and the city of Santa Maria to the west.


Santa Maria's Allan Hancock College is the home of The Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts (PCPA), a theatrical school and production company. Notable alumni include: Robin Williams, Kathy Bates, Kelly McGillis, Mercedes Ruehl, and Zac Efron. An additional PCPA theatre is located in Solvang, California in the Santa Ynez Valley.

Santa Maria is also home to two large indoor Regal Edwards movie theatres; one located in the Town Center Mall, and one located off the Freeway.

Parks and recreation[edit]

Santa Maria Fairpark, located at Stowell Road and Thunberg Street, is home to the annual Santa Barbara County Fair, which began in It is also home to the annual Strawberry Festival, in addition to a wide variety of other events, concerts, and conventions.[27]

Waller Park is a acre park located at the south end of Santa Maria, featuring two large duck ponds with water fountains, several playgrounds, picnic and sports areas, a hiking trail, and a frisbee golf course. The first parcels of land that would become Waller Park were donated by the Santa Maria Golf and Country Club in , and the remainder of the land was purchased in and [28]

Preisker Park, located at the north end, is home to large open fields, a disc golf course, playgrounds and picnic areas. Its main feature is the large pond with a small replica of the Santa Maria ship, which children can play on.[29]

The Santa Maria Skate Park is located in Fletcher Park. There is also the Paul Nelson Aquatic Center/Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center. Rotary Centennial Park has a basketball court, a baseball field, a large open grass area, and two playgrounds. Each year, the Annual Free Family Kite Festival organized by the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum is held there.


Santa Maria's government is split down the middle of the political spectrum, in contrast to Santa Barbara, which tends to be more liberal. Due in part to this political division, plus irrigation and water-supply issues, many attempts have been made to divide the county, the northern portion from Point Conception upwards to become Mission County. Thus far the movement has been unsuccessful.[30] Santa Maria is a reliably Democratic stronghold, having voted for the Democratic candidate for the past six elections, as of [update].[31]


Allan Hancock College[edit]

Allan Hancock College is a California public community college located in northern Santa Barbara County. Allan Hancock College was ranked as one of the five best community colleges in California and one of the nation's top community colleges.[32] Approximately 11, credit students enroll each semester at one of the college's four locations in Santa Maria, Lompoc, Solvang, or at Vandenberg Air Force Base.[33] The main campus is in a acre park in Santa Maria. Allan Hancock College is known for its distinguished athletic programs which have included former head football coaches John Madden[34] and Ernie Zampese, as well as Gunther Cunningham. The college is also home to the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, one of the state's finest theatre programs.

School Districts[edit]

The Ethel Pope Auditorium at Santa Maria High School

The Santa Maria Joint Union High School District (SMJUHSD) is the oldest high school district in the State of California and runs the 3 primary public high schools in the area, including Santa Maria High School, Pioneer Valley High School,and Ernest Righetti High School. There are also four notable private schools in the valley, St. Joseph High School, St. Marys Catholic School, Valley Christian Academy, and Pacific Christian School Grades K-6th. The Santa Maria-Bonita School District is home to 13, students in 15 elementary schools (K-6th grade) and four junior high schools (7th-8th grade). The schools in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District serve students who live within the city limits of Santa Maria, the county area of Tanglewood and the county area just outside Santa Maria heading toward Guadalupe. The SMBSD schools are on a traditional calendar schedule and offer a quality, comprehensive education. The Orcutt Union School District serves students who live in the unincporporated community of Orcutt. The Orcutt Union School District recently added a new school known as Orcutt Academy High School in the – school year. It is located next to Orcutt Junior High School's campus on the old May Grisham campus.

Santa Maria is also home to Santa Barbara Business College, which has been serving the community since



The following TV stations broadcast in Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Maria Television Market Area:





Route as Broadway in Santa Maria near its northern terminus, looking southbound, June

U.S. Route runs through the middle of the Santa Maria Valley and is the main freeway connecting many West Coast cities. It has been improved to freeway status (meaning all at-grade intersections have been eliminated) within the city of Santa Maria itself. A $32 million widening project that expanded the freeway from four to six lanes between Santa Maria Way and the Highway exit was completed by early

State Route 1 runs around the western edge of the city and connects it to nearby Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc. The section of US in the city is a freeway, and a small part of a nearby section of Highway 1 that runs between the city and the base is also a freeway, but the two freeway segments do not directly connect to each other.

State Route is considered to be the major artery through the city. It comes from Los Alamos, a town to the south of Santa Maria, and it enters Orcutt and Santa Maria as an expressway. The expressway runs all the way to Santa Maria Way. Highway then turns into Broadway and runs through the heart of the city and all the way up to the Santa Maria River and U.S.


The Santa Maria Valley Railroad (SMVRR) is a shortline freight railroad to Guadalupe where the Union Pacific Railroad Interchange point is. Main business includes storage of railroad cars when northern California and southern California storage area are full. In the s, the city proposed a Light Rail Service to replace the SMV's right-of-way, as its future was uncertain.

The nearest train station with long-distance Amtrak service is in Guadalupe, to which Amtrak provides bus service from Santa Maria. Amtrak's Pacific Surfliner provides twice daily service in each direction, running to San Luis Obispo to the north and to San Diego via Los Angeles to the south.


SMAT, Santa Maria Area Transit, is a local bus service provided by both city and county-run lines, it has recently expanded its services during the evening that stretch to P.M. The Breeze Bus provides service to Lompoc, Vandenberg Air Force Base, and Santa Maria. RTA Route 10 connects Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo. The Guadalupe Flyer connects Santa Maria and Guadalupe.

Long-distance intercity bus service is provided by Greyhound Lines. The Clean Air Express commuter bus runs between Santa Maria and Goleta as well as a line to Santa Barbara weekdays.


The Santa Maria Public Airport is served by two airlines, United Airlines.[35] United Airlines announced service to Denver, Los Angeles and San Francisco daily starting June 4, United is now booking flights to San Francisco and Denver starting Fall , instead of this summer which was previously announced.[36]Allegiant Air operates nonstop jet service three days a week to Las Vegas.


Santa Maria is home to one of three official Superior Court locations in Santa Barbara County, with the other courthouse located in Santa Barbara. From to , the Superior Court handled a felony complaint against Michael Jackson (see Michael Jackson: trial) which reached a not guilty verdict on June 13, The District Attorney chose to present the trial in Santa Maria due to its close proximity from Neverland Ranch where the alleged incident took place.

Law enforcement[edit]

As the primary law enforcement agency for the City of Santa Maria, the Santa Maria Police Department handles approximately , calls for service each year. The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office also operates within the city in addition to the Santa Maria Park Officers who consist of 6 sworn officers who derive their authority under CA Penal code section (b). The SMPD is administratively divided into the three divisions, Administration, Operations, and Support, and has sworn officers and 49 full-time support personnel.[37]

Notable people[edit]


  • Kathy Bates, actress
  • Gary Coleman, actor
  • Nino Del Pesco, musician
  • Francisco Jiménez, writer and professor at Santa Clara University
  • Chris Lambert, musician
  • Beverlee McKinsey, actress
  • Kim Miyori, actress
  • Joe Nanini, musician
  • Chuck Negron, founding member of Three Dog Night
  • Jane Russell, actress
  • Aurora Snow, writer, former pornographic actress and director


  • Mark Brunell, former NFL football player[38]
  • Paco Craig, football player
  • Gunther Cunningham, former head football coach of NFL's Kansas City Chiefs[39]
  • Carlos Dias, former Major League Baseball pitcher[40]
  • Blaine Johnson, former NHRA Top Fuel driver
  • Jim Lonborg, former Major League Baseball player[41]
  • John Madden, Hall of Fame NFL football coach and commentator[34]
  • Josh Prenot, Olympic swimmer
  • John Rudometkin, USC and NBA basketball player, first-round pick of NBA draft
  • Marla Runyan, marathon runner[citation needed]
  • Bryn Smith, retired Major League Baseball pitcher who played for both Santa Maria High School and Allan Hancock College[42]
  • Ozzie Smith, Hall of Fame Major League Baseball player[43]
  • Jim Steels, MLB player
  • Robin Ventura, former Major League Baseball player and manager best remember for his time with the Chicago White Sox[44] and New York Mets
  • Jimy Williams, Major League Baseball manager[45]
  • Ernie Zampese, NFL football coach[citation needed]
  • Ken Zampese, NFL football coach[citation needed]



  • William Kraemer Coblentz, attorney and politician
  • George Allan Hancock, philanthropist, oil, railroad and aviation engineer.
  • James Lamar McElhany, President of the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists from to
  • Inga Muscio, author and activist
  • Owen W. Siler, 15th Commandant of the United States Coast Guard (–)[47]
  • Carol Sklenicka, literary biographer
  • Naason Joaquin Garcia, current international leader of the La Luz del Mundo church, former pastor of the La Luz del Mundo church in Santa Maria in the late s and early s.[48][49][50]

In popular culture[edit]

In the Space: episode "Another Time, Another Place", the "Earth" Alphans, during their period on Earth, have built a small village in the destroyed Santa Maria,[51] discovering that on Earth there was an Atlantis-like civilization.

Film location[edit]

Films shot in the Santa Maria Valley include:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, ()
  • Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, ()
  • Sideways, ()
  • Hidalgo, ()
  • Cowboy Up, ()
  • Rockets Red Glare, ()
  • The Odd Couple II, ()
  • Barton Fink, ()
  • The Rocketeer, ()
  • The Spirit of St. Louis, ()
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers, ()
  • The Ten Commandments, ()

See also[edit]


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  10. ^"American FactFinder - Results". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, Retrieved May 24,
  11. ^"Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved May 21,
  12. ^ ab"A Bit About the History of the City of Santa Maria". Archived from the original on November 5, Retrieved July 14,
  13. ^Martellotti, Patricia (September 8, ). "Santa Maria Cemetery: Crews discover oil well abandoned in ". NewsChannel . Retrieved September 9,
  14. ^" Report of the state oil & gas supervisor"(PDF). Department of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources. California Department of Conservation. Archived from the original(PDF) on May 25, Retrieved January 3, p. 63
  15. ^"NOWData - NOAA Online Weather Data". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved July 15,
  16. ^"CA Santa Maria Public AP". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved September 27,
  17. ^"WMO Climate Normals for Santa Maria/Public, CA –". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved September 27,
  18. ^"Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4,
  19. ^" Census Interactive Population Search: CA - Santa Maria city". U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 15, Retrieved July 12,
  20. ^"U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31,
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  22. ^"The Crossroads at Santa Maria". Archived from the original on February 22, Retrieved July 1,
  23. ^"Big box beltway: Santa Maria celebrates Enos Ranch as a revenue and retail attractor, while some locals question the city's development priorities". September 12, Retrieved June 30,
  24. ^"Santa Maria Inn". Archived from the original on July 7, Retrieved June 30,
  25. ^"Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ended June 30, ". Welcome to the City of Santa Maria. City of Santa Maria. Retrieved July 1,
  26. ^"Sunset's Epic Feature on Santa Maria BBQ". July 25, Retrieved July 14,
  27. ^"About Us, Santa Maria Fairpark". Archived from the original on February 4, Retrieved June 30,
  28. ^"Waller Park, Santa Barbara County Parks". Archived from the original on May 25, Retrieved June 30,
  29. ^"Preisker Park, Santa Maria Valley". Archived from the original on November 24, Retrieved June 30,
  30. ^"Direct Primary Election June 6, Certified Results". June 29, Retrieved July 14,
  31. ^"Politics & Voting in Santa Maria, California". Archived from the original on June 30, Retrieved June 30,
  32. ^"Hancock Named one of Nations Top Community Colleges". May 4, Retrieved July 14,
  33. ^"How Many Students Are There in Allan Hancock College?". Wolfram Alpha. Retrieved July 14,
  34. ^ abBARBER, PHIL (April 17, ). "Timeline of John Madden's life and career". Santa Rosa Press Democrat. Retrieved December 28,
  35. ^"Santa Maria Airport announces addition of three new flights". Ksby. January 10,
  36. ^"Airlines & Flight Schedules".
  37. ^"Department Organization"Archived June 21, , at the Wayback Machine
  38. ^"Mark Allen Brunell". Retrieved December 27,
  39. ^"Longtime NFL coach Gunther Cunningham dies at 72". USA TODAY. Retrieved October 11,
  40. ^Almanac, Contributed Photo, Baseball. "Carlos Diaz". Santa Maria Times. Retrieved October 11,
  41. ^"Jim Lonborg Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 27,
  42. ^"Bryn Smith Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 27,
  43. ^Photo, Contributed. "Ozzie Smith". Santa Maria Times. Retrieved February 21,
  44. ^"Robin Ventura Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 27,
  45. ^"Jimy Williams Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 27,
  46. ^"Abel Maldonado's Voting Records". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved July 14,
  47. ^"Obituary: Admiral Owen W. Siler". July 19, Retrieved July 14,
  48. ^"Iglesia La Luz del Mundo - Sitio Oficial". Retrieved January 16,
  49. ^"The Light Of The World". Retrieved January 16,
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  51. ^Space: episode "Another Time, Another Place".

External links[edit]


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                                   CITY OF SANTA MARIA

NOTE:  GLORIA SOTO is the only Council Member on the City Council that has been Endorsed by the Democratic Party.

Although council members are elected by district, they serve the entire city of Santa Maria.  To serve on the Santa Maria City Council, members must live in the district they are elected to represent.  Districts are approximately separated by area of the city:  District 1/Northwest,  District 2/Northeast,  District 3/Southwest,  District 4/Southeast.

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Extended Interview: Santa Maria City Council candidate Christopher Diaz

Three candidates running for mayor of Santa Maria

This November 3rd, Santa Maria residents will vote for one of three candidates running for mayor.

Incumbent Alice Patino faces challengers Will Smith and Alberto Ugalde.

"It's a wonderful job and I really try to unite people in Santa Maria and bring people together and get involved," Patino said.

From her involvement with youth and as a board member for the Santa Maria Joint Union School District, Patino has been serving as a public official for more than 20 years. She hopes to be appointed for a third mayoral term this November.

"We did our goal setting back in February with the city council with housing, with youth involvement, with transportation that we want to do and we got a lot of things up ahead," she said.

Opponent Will Smith has a background as an educator, Air Force veteran, and minister. He also ran against Patino back in and says it's time for the city to take some risks.

"If you want to expand with a growing city, the city has to take some risks and go outside of the box per-say and entertain other ideas and incorporate everyone," he said.

Some of those ideas include beautifying the city and helping the Latino community.

"I'm looking, hey how do we make the city a better place for them because they're bringing a lot of revenue into the city," Smith said.

Candidate Alberto Ugalde has been a barber for ten years and prides himself on having deep connections with the community.

"Ever since I started barbering I've been giving back to the community by challenging our local students to improve their grades, and when they return back with their report card or progress report and their grades did improve, I reward them with a free haircut," he explained.

He says that community connection made him realize he needed to take the step into a political role.

"That's enabled me to keep an open mindset with the issues that are going on with our community and that's why I decided to step into a role of a local official and I decided to go from there because I believe that change starts at the top," Ugalde said.

All three candidates say community involvement is a big part of their campaigns.

More with the candidates -
Alice Patino:

Interview with Santa Maria mayoral candidate Alice Patino

Will Smith:

Interview with Santa Maria mayoral candidate Will Smith

Alberto Ugalde:

Interview with Santa Maria mayoral candidate Alberto Ugalde


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Santa Maria is a city in Santa Barbara County, California. The city had 99, residents as of , according to the United States Census Bureau.[1]

Federal officials

The current members of the U.S. Senate from California are:

Office titleOfficeholder nameDate assumed officeParty affiliation

U.S. Senate California

Dianne Feinstein

Democratic Party

U.S. Senate California

Alex Padilla

January 20,

Democratic Party

To view a map of U.S. House districts in California and find your representative, click here.

State officials

The following is a list of the current state executive officials from California:

To view a list of state legislators from California, click here.

Ballot measures

See also: List of California ballot measures and Santa Barbara County, California ballot measures

To view a list of statewide measures in California, click here.

To view a list of local ballot measures in Santa Barbara County, California, click here.

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