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204 E. Cook Street
Santa Maria, CA 93454 

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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.  


City Attorney
204 E. Cook Street
Santa Maria, CA 93454
Phone: (805) 925-0951 ext. 2310
City Fax: (805) 928-1275

E-mail: GTrujillo@cityofsantamaria.org




  • 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.  


To provide effective representation in the public interest.

2017-18 Goals/Objectives 

  1. Prepare and present an ordinance to ban the sale of recreational and medical cannabis from retail establishments in the City for the City Council’s consideration.
  2. Prepare and present an ordinance that will update City’s massage business regulations for the City Council’s consideration.
  3. Prepare and present an ordinance requiring containment of shopping carts on business premises for the City Council’s consideration.
  4. Assist the Community Development Department in preparing an ordinance regulating accessory dwelling units, to fulfill some affordable housing needs while also preserving quality of life in neighborhoods.
  5. Persist in identifying and developing strategies to address homelessness in the downtown corridor, by collaborating with business and property owners, members of the community, non-profit organizations, and other City personnel such as City Rangers and the Community Services Unit of the Police Department. 
  6. Deploy Code Compliance operations during regular weekend shifts, and work in collaboration with the Police Department to focus primarily on neighborhood preservation, and to collaborate on projects with other departments. 
  7. Continue education of neighborhood residents regarding the importance of community pride and quality of life issues through “Walk and Talk” programs, in both residential and commercial districts. 
  8. Coordinate with the Utilities Department to educate residents with commercial roll-off boxes about the State’s hazardous waste regulations, and provide support for the implementation of the State mandated inspection program, to improve neighborhood aesthetics and safety. 
  9. Implement an award recognition program honoring property owners who improve and beautify properties that were once nuisance properties. 
  10. Proactively contact and prosecute known “slumlords” with nuisance properties evidencing uninhabitable conditions blighting the community, to reduce health and safety violations and other substandard living conditions that affect numerous tenants.

*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, Room 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