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City Council Meetings

The City of Santa Maria uses a Council-Manager form of municipal government, with the policy being set by the elected body and carried out by an appointed City Manager. Policy setting is not an automatic process; it requires recognition of need, study of all essential facts, free exchange of ideas, and decision.

Councilmembers carry voter viewpoints from the idea phase to introduction, discussion, decision and action. The City Manager acts as legs and library for the Council, gathering facts, reporting and recommending. After the facts have been assembled, the Council makes a decision based upon their knowledge of the community and its people. The City Council meetings are held on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Videos of the meetings will typically be uploaded the day after the meeting.
The City of Santa Maria uses a Council-Manager form of municipal government, with the policy being set by the elected body and carried out by an appointed City Manager. Policy setting is not an automatic process; it requires recognition of need, s...
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