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H-2A Community Forum

Post Date:08/02/2018 9:55 AM

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NEWS RELEASE                                             

August 2, 2018

City to Hold Third H-2A Community Forum


The City of Santa Maria will be hosting its third meeting to discuss the H-2A temporary worker program, its importance to the region’s agricultural operations, and its potential impacts in City neighborhoods.  The meeting will be held on Thursday, August 23rd from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Edwards Community Center, 809 Panther Drive.


The purpose of this meeting 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.  Written questions may be submitted by members of the public.


This meeting will focus on the administration of the H-2A visa program itself and State and Federal regulations concerning housing of H-2A workers.  The meeting will feature representatives from the California Employment Development Department and the California Department of Housing and Community Development. 


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.


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:             



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