CITY ATTORNEY & CODES

204 E. Cook Street
Santa Maria, CA 93454

The City Attorney's Office provides a wide range of legal services for the City Council, City boards and commissions, and operating departments. Major activities include: day-to-day legal advice for City officials and employees; drafting contracts, opinions, resolutions and ordinances; defending the City, its officers and employees in civil litigation; coordinating and monitoring the investigation, settlement, and litigation arising out of personal injury claims; defending minor personal injury suits against the City; handling minor collection cases in the City's behalf; providing staff support to the City's administrative code compliance program; prosecuting criminal and civil violations of the City's Municipal Code; representing the City in discovery matters initiated by third parties; representing the Successor Agency; negotiating civil settlements, franchises, and agreements on behalf of the City; assisting in Municipal Code updates; maintaining a law library; performing liaison activities with media and the local bar; and networking with other cities through the League of California Cities.

photo of Gilbert Trujillo GILBERT A. TRUJILLO
City Attorney

City Phone: 925-0951 ext. 310
City Fax: (805) 928-1275
204 E. Cook Street

E-mail

EDUCATION & EMPLOYMENT:

  • B.A., Cal Poly Pomona
  • J.D., Boalt Hall School of Law, U.C. Berkeley
  • City Attorney, City of Santa Maria
  • Assistant City Attorney, City of San Luis Obispo
  • Deputy City Attorney, City of Santa Barbara
  • Deputy City Attorney, City of Santa Maria
  • Associate Attorney, Burke, Williams & Sorensen

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:

  • National Management Association
  • Boys & Girls Club of Santa Maria Valley
  • Tailwinds Bicycle Club
  • League of California Cities
  • Various community based organizations

PERSONAL:

  • Marital status: Married
  • Children: Two
  • General interests: Camping, fishing, bicycling and tennis

DESCRIPTION OF RESPONSIBILITIES:

Manage the legal and code compliance divisions of the City. Manage the litigation and claims filed against and by the City. Give day-to-day advice to City officials and employees. Draft ordinances, rules, resolutions, contracts, and policies.

Mission Statement
To provide effective representation in the public interest.

2014-15 Goals/Objectives

  1. Continue attention on improving the homelessness and panhandling issues by introducing an ordinance for Council’s consideration as well as proactively engaging in outreach efforts to educate the community about the negative consequences of panhandling.
  2. In an effort to improve community aesthetics, continue to conduct “Walk and Talk” programs as a way of educating residents about City code violations and quality of life issues.
  3. Prepare and present an ordinance to the City Council proposing technical amendments to the Municipal Code that updates changes in State law, new cases, and clarifies existing ordinances as required.
  4. Create a community access television program to depict and discuss common Municipal Code violations, preventative enforcement, how to identify violations and the agencies to contact when suspected violations are observed.
  5. Implement a Code Compliance volunteer program to respond to and address reported blighted issues and trends in selected neighborhoods.
  6. Assist the Community Development Department in meeting the standards of Housing Element Programs by responding to reports of substandard living space constructed without permits and ensuring the safe and habitable conditions of the housing stock where health and safety hazards are present.
  7. In addition to the Walk and Talks, attend community outreach events to educate residents about housing and other laws.
  8. Proactively investigate property foreclosures to maintain property values and neighborhood integrity by abating nuisances, and with knowledge and experience gained in this process, develop a continuity enforcement plan for future employees.
  9. Support City departments in achieving the City Council’s priorities by giving sound legal advice and assisting staff in formulating feasible solutions.
  10. Provide periodic litigation, code compliance, and liability claim reports to the City Manager and City Council in an ongoing effort to keep them informed about the issues and activities in these areas.

The City Attorney is an appointed officer identified in Government Code Section 87200 and files statements of economic interests with the City Clerk's office. Copies of the Statements of Economic Interests filed by the City Attorney may be obtained by visiting the offices of the Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) or the City Clerk. The physical address of the FPPC is 428 J Street, Suite 620, Sacramento, California 95814. The physical address of the City Clerk's office is 110 E. Cook Street, Rm. 3, Santa Maria, CA 93454. The Statements of Economic Interests (Form 700) for some state and local government agency elected officers may be available in electronic format on the FPPC's website at http://www.fppc.ca.gov.