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Santa Barbara County

Former Lompoc Public Works director to join Santa Maria

Former Lompoc Public Works Director Kevin McCune is set to join Santa Maria as its new director of Public Works and city engineer in March.

McCune has led the Lompoc’s Public Works Department for the past seven years and was with the city for a total of 18 years. During that time he has been involved in public works administration, operations, engineering, fleet/facility/street maintenance, park maintenance, urban forestry, airport and transit.

He earned a degree in civil engineering from Cal Poly and holds a professional engineer license.  

McCune will begin his employment with the city of Santa Maria on March 4. He replaces former Santa Maria Public Works Director Steve Kahn, who retired in December.

The Department of Public Works/Engineering is responsible for ensuring that city-owned transportation infrastructure and facilities, transit services and capital improvement programs are designed, engineered, constructed and maintained in a presentable and safe condition.

Santa Maria

Free 'The Color Purple' screening set for Friday

The Santa Maria Public Library, in honor of Black History Month, will screen the 1985 movie “The Color Purple,” rated PG-13, at 1 p.m. Friday.

The screening — which will take place in Shepard Hall — is free and no tickets are required.

In the film, a black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.

Seating is limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Freshly popped popcorn also will be served free of charge.

The library is located at 421 S. McClelland St.

Those with questions are asked to contact the library’s information desk at 805-925-0994, ext. 8562.

Santa Maria

City to hold free recycle bin distribution event

Santa Maria Utilities Department on Saturday will hold a free Recycle Bin Distribution event to promote household recycling.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Recycling Park at the Santa Maria Regional Landfill, 2065 E. Main St.

Residents are encouraged to take advantage of the Recycling Park and then stop by the department’s distribution booth to pick up the popular 18-gallon “in-house” container. There is a limit of two per household, while supplies last.

The container is meant to hold recyclable materials like paper, magazines, cans, glass and cardboard.

Residents are advised that the distribution booth only will be accessible after entering the landfill site via the scale house, to ensure safe traffic flow on site. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be rescheduled.

Those with questions are asked to contact the Utilities Department at 805-925-0951 ext. 7270.

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-- Staff reports

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