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



  • 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


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


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


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.

2013-14 Goals/Objectives

  1. Establish an expanded Code Compliance Volunteer Program, contingent on securing sufficient resources, to include the volunteers participating in the ongoing “Walk and Talk” outreach program; investigation of requests for service involving neighborhood blight issues; and to provide administrative support to full-time officers.
  2. Continue the “Walk and Talk” public relations program designed to educate and inform residents about Code Compliance rules, and expand the program to include information about pet owners’ responsibilities, and pet licensing, neutering, and vaccinations.
  3. Assist the Santa Maria Police Department to research and prepare an ordinance regulating mobile car wash and detailing businesses and present to City Council for its consideration.
  4. Prepare and present an ordinance prohibiting the distribution of medical marijuana in any City zoning district.
  5. Prepare and present an ordinance to the Council making technical amendments to the Municipal Code to update for changes in State law, new cases, and to clarify existing ordinances as required.
  6. Provide periodic litigation, code compliance, and liability claim reports to the City Manager and Council in an ongoing effort to keep them informed about the issues and activities in these areas.
  7. Continue to promote accessibility at City facilities by coordinating efforts to obtain and use grant funding and other resources for accessibility upgrades, including recording progress made on upgrades in the Cartegraph system.
  8. Continue to represent the City on the Statewide Storm Water Coalition to lobby for changes in the State Regional Water Quality Board's proposed General Permit to regulate municipal small separate storm water systems.
  9. Work closely with other departments such as the Utilities Department, Santa Maria Police Department and Santa Barbara County Public Health Department to develop innovative and effective methods to address mobile car washers and unlicensed food establishments.
  10. Continue to proactively investigate property foreclosures to maintain property values and neighborhood integrity.

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