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Adrian Andrade

Santa Maria attorney and former Planning Commission Adrian Andrade will not run for the 3rd District City Council seat in November's election.

Santa Maria Police are seeking the man in this photograph, identified Saturday as Manuel Frank Perez, of Santa Maria. Perez, who remains at-large, reportedly led officials on a pursuit in a stolen car late Tuesday night.

Santa Maria

Andrade drops out of City Council race

Citing the need to focus on his wife's health, Santa Maria attorney and former Planning Commissioner Adrian Andrade said Friday he will not run for the 3rd District City Council seat. 

"At this time, the health of my wife is of major concern," Andrade said. "So, rather than undertake a tough campaign for City Council, we have decided to focus on her health and defer any campaign efforts at this time."

A graduate of Loyola Marymount University and UCLA School of Law, Andrade was a member of the Santa Maria Planning Commission for nearly two decades.

Last month, Andrade filed his candidate intention statement for the 3rd District seat in the November 2018 election  the first time council positions will be under a district system  and announced he would run a campaign focused on the need to bring jobs to Santa Maria.

Remaining candidates for the 3rd District, which roughly encompasses the southwest quadrant of the city, include incumbent Councilman Dr. Michael Moatsnonprofit development manager Gloria Soto and Santa Maria resident Raymond Acosta.   

For the 4th District seat  the other council position up for election this year  Santa Maria attorney Rafael Gutierrez will run against incumbent Councilwoman Etta Waterfield.

Santa Maria

Public's help sought to identify stolen vehicle suspect

Police are asking for the public's help to identify a suspect who led officers on a pursuit in a stolen vehicle late Tuesday. 

Officials said the man led Santa Maria Police on a chase through the community during which officers lost sight of the suspect. They later found the car after the driver abandoned, it, according to Santa Maria Police Lt. Mark Streker.

Officers backtracked and located video surveillance of the suspect in a convenience store. They also located a witness who saw a person matching the description of the person in the surveillance photograph fleeing from the vehicle. 

Police said they are confident the suspect can be identified with the community's help. Information can be called in anonymously to the dispatch center at 805-928-3781, ext. 2277. 

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Santa Barbara County

Public input needed on hiring planning director

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors is beginning a search for a new director to lead the Department of Planning and Development and seeking community input on what the ideal qualities and attributes should be for the person holding that position.

The Planning and Development Department provides planning, permitting and inspection services under the policy direction of the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission. More information about the department is available at

The county is working with CPS HR Consulting to conduct the recruitment process, a county spokesman said.

The public can submit questions or comments regarding the recruitment to Frank Rojas at Comments should be submitted by 5 p.m. Friday.

For more information about the recruitment, contact Frank Rojas at the above email address or call 916-471-3111.

-- Staff reports