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H-2A Community Meetings

Post Date:05/25/2018 11:00 AM

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NEWS RELEASE

May 25, 2018

City Announces H-2A Community Meetings

 

The City of Santa Maria will be hosting a series of five community meetings over the next five months to discuss the H-2A temporary worker program, its importance to the region’s agricultural operations, and its potential impacts in City neighborhoods.  The first of these meetings will be held on Thursday, June 14th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Atkinson Park Community Center, 1000 North Railroad Avenue.

 

The purpose of these community meetings is to educate and listen to City residents, stakeholders, policymakers, and other interested persons, as the City grapples with the complex issues arising from the increasing use of the H-2A program, and the increasing number of temporary workers residing in the City.

 

Each meeting will begin with a general overview of the H-2A program, and then will focus on a particular issue that is relevant to the H-2A program and how it is being implemented in the City of Santa Maria and the unincorporated areas outside the City’s boundaries. 

 

The Federal H-2A program allows American employers or agents who meet specific regulatory requirements to bring foreign nationals to this country to fill temporary agricultural jobs.

 

The meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 14th will feature representatives from the County of Santa Barbara Planning Department, who will present information and answer questions concerning County land use regulations and policies, and specifically, how these regulations and policies affect what the County is permitted to do with respect to providing housing in the County’s agricultural lands.

 

Information about future meetings will be announced in June.

 

Questions may be directed to the City Attorney’s Office at (805) 925-0951 extension 2310.

 

 

Department:                           City Attorney’s Office

Contact Person:                     Philip F. Sinco, Assistant City Attorney

Telephone Number:                (805) 925-0951 ext. 2310

E-mail Address:                       psinco@cityofsantamaria.org

 

 

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