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Santa Maria leaders provide an update on the 'State of City'

City of Santa Maria announces new hires as a result of Measure U funds
Posted at 8:31 AM, Oct 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-29 11:31:33-04

Santa Maria City leaders are updating the community on how the city is faring during the pandemic.

In the "State of the City" meeting on Wednesday the mayor and city manager highlighted how the city is helping businesses and residents during these hard economic times.

From Hancock College and the Elks Lodge working with the Foodbank Coalition of Santa Barbara County helping feed local residents...to updates about more developments in the city.

City leaders say Santa Maria is holding up well despite taking a financial hit over the past several months.

"There is good news about our economy here in Santa Maria. There's activity happening across the city and more projects are in the pipeline. Activity didn't slow down with the pandemic," said Santa Maria City Manager, Jason Stilwell.

According to Stilwell, small business grants, delayed tax and utility fee payments, and sidewalk and on-street dinning are some of the ways the city is trying to help local businesses.

Mayor Alice Patino said she hopes to see plans to develop more housing in the city.