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The Rumor Page

Welcome to the Rumor Page, where the City dispels rumors and corrects misinformation. 

If you hear rumors in the community that you believe should be corrected, please contact the City at mvandekamp@cityofsantamaria.org

Rumor: Homelessness is increasing in Santa Maria.
Fact: The most recent survey of homelessness (the 2017 Point In Time Count) found that Santa Maria has 338 homeless individuals, an increase of 4 percent from the prior survey.  In addition, homelessness has jumped throughout California as this 2018 report shows. The City of Santa Maria partnered with Santa Barbara County and area nonprofits to respond to the rise in homelessness seeking to shelter the most vulnerable, assure compliance with State and local laws, and address impacts to and from the homeless community.  The issue is much larger than what we see in Santa Maria. Governments, business, and nonprofit across the state are pursuing remedies to address the growth of homelessness.

Rumor: Santa Maria is going to district elections. (February 2017) True. For information, go this webpage.

Rumor: Will parking along East Boone Street soon be illegal? (March 2017) This is false.
Fact: The City did remove one parking space along East Boone Street in February, in front of the Hancock Terrace Apartments because a resident complained about limited sight distance. The curb was painted red. Here is the staff report. (see last page for map showing that parking space) 

Rumor: Santa Maria is a sanctuary city. This is false.
Fact: Santa Maria is not a sanctuary city. The City has never made a decision to approve a resolution, ordinance, or other action to implement a sanctuary city policy. The City has repeatedly asked a person in Ohio to remove the City from his list of sanctuary cities.

In October 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill to create a statewide sanctuary policy effective January 1, 2018. This limits whom State and local law enforcement agencies can hold, question, and transfer at the request of Federal immigration authorities.