The Santa Maria City Council tonight will recognize a milestone, acknowledge two employees for going the extra mile and discuss adopting a plan to address youth safety.

The council will kick off its meeting with a special proclamation marking the 50th anniversary of the Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara County.

“More than 12,000 people living in poverty each year are able take advantage of the many services the nonprofit offers, including education for youth, nutrition classes, energy services and the 211 helpline that connects people in need to health and human services,” Chief Deputy City Clerk Rhonda Garietz said in her report to the City Council in preparation for the Nov. 21 meeting.

With the special proclamation, the City Council aims to thank the group for its services to the community and raise awareness of the services it provides.

Recognized for going the extra mile

Also tonight, Santa Maria city leaders will recognize two of its employees for going the extra mile by creating and promoting programs aimed at encouraging all city employees, displaying effective leadership, and promoting initiative and teamwork.

The council will present Katrina Garcia, management analyst, and Aryanna Reyes, human resources clerk for the City Manager's Office and Human Resources Division, with its Going the Extra Mile Award. 

In the last year, the duo was instrumental in implementing the city’s Human Resources Division’s succession planning program for each of the city’s departments.

Garcia and Reyes’ efforts included launching the city’s own Toastmasters Club, along with the professional development association Shaping Hardworking Innovative Professionals; organizing a quarterly speaker series, speed coaching and mentoring programs; setting up behind-the-scenes site tours; and forging local school partnerships.

Strategic plan approval expected

Also at its meeting tonight, the City Council will hold a public hearing and is expected to adopt the Santa Maria Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Safety’s strategic plan.

Since its formation earlier this year, the task force has been working to create a strategic plan to better answer issues around safety and quality of life for the city’s young people.

The 39-page document is titled, “Together for Youth and Families Strategic Plan.”

“This is not a framework for a new government program but is, instead, a grass-roots framework for action for all of those who serve and care for the youth in the Santa Maria Valley,” Mayor Alice Patino said in her portion of the strategic plan document.

The two-year plan was created after the task force held a series of public forums this summer and reviewed data submitted by the task force’s partners.

The proposed policy document has four elements -- prevention, intervention, enforcement and re-entry.

It includes goals and objectives, implementation strategies and more than 100 suggested action items.

The Santa Maria City Council's regular meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall. 

Logan B. Anderson covers city government in Santa Maria for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter: @LoganBAnderson.