Former Planning Commissioner Andrade to run for City Council
Santa Maria attorney Adrian Andrade said Thursday that he will run for the 3rd District City Council seat and plans to campaign around the need for more jobs in the city.
A graduate of Loyola Marymount University and UCLA School of Law, Andrade moved to Santa Maria in 1978.
Andrade was first appointed to the Planning Commission — which oversees the city's building and community development efforts — in the late 1990s. He served as a member of the commission for nearly 20 years, stepping down in December 2016. In 2012, Andrade was named to the Santa Barbara County Fair Board of Directors.
This week, Andrade filed his candidate intention statement with the city clerk for the 3rd District seat in the November 2018 election — the first time council positions will be under a district system. The 3rd District roughly encompasses the southwest quadrant of the city.
Andrade, who runs a private law practice in the city, said he decided to enter the race when he saw that incumbent Councilman Jack Boysen — who lives in the 3rd District — announced last month that he would not seek re-election.
“We need more jobs," Andrade said. "The focus on my campaign is to prepare the city to accept more development and growth, but we need to do that in a thoughtful, careful way that maintains the agricultural flavor of our city."
In the 3rd District race, Andrade will run against nonprofit development manager Gloria Soto, who announced her campaign last month. Another Santa Maria resident, Raymond Acosta, has also filed a candidate intention statement to run for the 3rd District race.
For the 4th District seat -- the other council position up for election this November -- Santa Maria attorney Rafael Gutierrez will face off against incumbent Councilwoman Etta Waterfield.
"I’ve lived here in Santa Maria and raised my family since 1978 and I’ve seen the growth and development of the city," Andrade said. "I think given my experience and longtime residence in the city, I have a good grasp on what the next steps should be."
Police search for suspect who shot at three men
Police officers are searching for a suspect who reportedly shot at three men walking on a sidewalk late Wednesday night in Santa Maria.
At about 7:34 p.m., Santa Maria Police officers responded to a report of a shooting in the area of Thornburg Avenue and Church Street. Witnesses reported seeing a suspect exit a vehicle, fire several rounds at three young males walking on the sidewalk, then return to the vehicle before the vehicle sped off.
The victims were not struck, and a suspect has not been determined.
The investigation has been turned over to the Santa Maria Police Detective Bureau. Anyone with information is urged to contact the department at 805-928-3781, ext. 2277 (dispatch), or 805-928-3781, ext. 2677. Information can be left anonymously.
Santa Barbara County
Cost to fight Holiday fire totals $1.5M, officials say
The price tag for fighting the Holiday fire, which scorched over 100 acres in northern Goleta, totaled $1.5 million, County Fire officials announced Thursday.
The blaze, which began burning at the 1500 block of Holiday Hill just after 8:30 p.m. Friday, scorched 113 acres, destroyed 10 homes, damaged three, and destroyed 14 other structures, according to public information officer Mike Eliason.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The county's Holiday Fire Local Assistance Center will remain open through Saturday, according to county spokeswoman Gina DePinto, with hours from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The center is located at Goleta Union School District at 401 North Fairview Avenue.
The fire struck on the one-year anniversary of the Alamo fire, which began burning east of Santa Maria near the Twitchell Dam and scorched over 28,000 acres.