Physical address:
110 S. Pine Street, Suite 221
Santa Maria, CA 93458
Mailing address:
110 S. Pine Street, Suite 101
Santa Maria, CA 93458

The Department of Public Works/Engineering is responsible for ensuring that City-owned transportation infrastructure and facilities, transit services and capital improvement programs are designed, engineered, constructed, maintained and/or modified in a presentable and safe condition. The department coordinates a variety of activities and services including the preparation of plans and specifications for public works related construction projects; the design and inspection of public facilities; ensuring the proper installation of all public improvements made in new subdivisions, such as streets, curbs, gutters, sidewalks, water mains, sewer lines, and drainage; and provides custodial service to City facilities. The Streets division is responsible for preventive and regular maintenance of streets and appurtenant facilities. Santa Maria Area Transit (SMAT) system provides a regional public transportation service.


City Lights / Traffic Signals
Report inoperable streetlights and traffic signal concerns by contacting (805) 925-0951 ext. 229. After hours or on weekends you may leave a message on the City's Streetlight Hotline - (805) 925-0951 ext. 804.

City Sidewalk / Potholes
Report a damaged, raised or hazardous City sidewalk or a pothole by contacting (805) 925-0951 ext. 229. Use the City's Streets and Facilities Hotline at ext. 805 for after hours/weekend reporting.

City Facilities
To report an unsafe condition at a City facility contact (805) 925-0951 ext. 229. Use the City’s Streets and Facilities Hotline at ext. 805 for after hours or weekend reporting.

photo of Steve  B. Kahn, Director of Public Works STEVEN B. KAHN
Director of Public Works

City Phone: (805) 925.0951 x227
City Fax: (805) 928-4995


  • Registered Professional Engineer, State of California
  • License Land Surveyor, State of California
  • B.S. Civil Engineering, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
  • General Education, Cabrillo Junior College
  • Director/City Engineer, Department of Public Works, City of Santa Maria
  • Utilities Engineer, Utilities Department, City of Santa Maria
  • Director, Public Works Department, City of Atascadero
  • Senior Civil Engineer, Public Works Department, City of Santa Maria
  • Senior Engineer, Engineering Development Associates
  • Staff Engineer, Central Coast Engineering


  • President, Central Coast Chapter, American Public Works Association
  • Graduate, Leadership Santa Maria Valley
  • Coach, Cal Ripken/Babe Ruth Baseball
  • Past President, SLO Branch, American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Member, Mountainbrook Community Church


  • Married with two children
  • General interests: Golfing, surfing, gardening, backpacking, photography


Manager of Public Works Department, streets and facilities maintenance; transit system; and engineering.

Mission Statement
To effectively provide public works services to all City residents in a courteous, responsive, responsible and efficient manner.

2014-15 Goals/Objectives

  1. Complete the Police Department Tenant Improvements Project so that the Police Department relocation can proceed, and assist in developing and implementing the new Public Safety communications systems.
  2. Continue to work with PG&E to retrofit remaining streetlights owned by PG&E within the City limits, to improve visibility and enhance safety for motorists and pedestrians. Update the Short Range Transit Plan and implement service changes recommended with input from riders.
  3. Begin design of the Civic Center Underground Utility District to relocate overhead utilities within the downtown area so that the public will experience improved visual aesthetics within this area of civic importance and high pedestrian and vehicular travel.
  4. Support the design and construction of the new fiber optic loop which will facilitate access to broadband communications, reduce operational expenses to the City, and improve the ability to attract business to the City.
  5. Support the design and construction of City facilities and infrastructure funded by CDBG programs.
  6. Attain increased ridership by providing expanded Breeze service and by successfully marketing local and regional transit as an efficient and economic alternative to increasing fuel prices.
  7. Design, bid, and install new LED lighting within Parking Structure “B” on the north side of the Town Center East Mall, to improve safety and attain greater energy efficiency.
  8. Continue with the bus stop improvement program to provide more amenities for waiting passengers in an effort to improve customer service and increase the community’s use of public transportation.
  9. Improve transit-related customer service and operational reliability by purchasing seven new fixed-route buses and two new paratransit vans using Federal Transit Administration funding.
  10. Complete the construction of the vehicle staging expansion project adjacent to the Transit Maintenance and Operation facility.