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Santa Maria spent nearly $1,000 to fix flagpole halyard, buy 2 flags
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Santa Maria spent nearly $1,000 to fix flagpole halyard, buy 2 flags

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Santa Maria officials spent nearly $1,000 to buy two American flags and fix City Hall's flagpole, which was damaged during civil unrest in May. 

The city spent $982.36 to pay for the new flags and replace the halyard, or the rope assembly, which was cut on May 31 near the intersection of Cook Street and South Broadway. 

The expense would have been higher if the city had to rent a lift, but they were instead assisted by a Santa Maria Fire ladder truck, according to city spokesman Mark van de Kamp. 

Hundreds of demonstrators marched down South Broadway to City Hall in a peaceful protest on May 31 against police brutality and the May 25 death of George Floyd. After the protest officially ended at 6 p.m., a rebellious crowd began lighting off fireworks and vandalizing the nearby Town Center Mall.

During the chaos, a crowd gathered around the flagpole at City Hall and removed the American flag, which was reclaimed later that evening.

The flag was replaced immediately and the halyard was repaired on June 24, according to van de Kamp.

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The following is taken from the Santa Maria Police Department's calls-for-service log and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office daily arrest log. Those appearing as "arrested" are only suspected of the crime indicated but are presumed innocent.

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