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Utility boxes in Santa Maria get a colorful makeover

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Some more traffic signal utility boxes in Santa Maria are getting an artistic touch. 

Last month, mini murals with scenes inspired by the community were hand-painted by five local artists: Autumn Jennings, Angelina LaPointe, Frank Dominguez, Laura Lozano and Ruben Espinoza. They were chosen by a panel of 13 judges to paint on the utility boxes along Betteravia Road, west of Highway 101, according to a press release from the Santa Maria Parks and Recreation Department. 

Each box cost about $1,000 to paint. The project was developed by the city with support from a public-private partnership between Santa Maria's Community Development Department and local sponsors. 

Back in April, other painted utility boxes were unveiled along Main Street as part of the same Utility Box Art Project. 

The city of Santa Maria aims to have more utility boxes painted in the future and is looking for sponsors to keep the program going. 

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