• Statewide Award for “Excellence in City-Business Relations”

    October 8, 2020
    Statewide Award for “Excellence in City-Business Relations”

    The City of Santa Maria’s innovative program, “The Patch” today is recognized by the League of California Cities as a 2020 Helen Putnam Award winner for “Excellence in City-Business Relations.”

    The Mayor and City Council received the distinguished award during the League’s annual conference, held virtually due to the pandemic. The highly competitive program annually judges and recognizes 12 categories of outstanding achievements and innovative solutions by City governments.

    “This is another successful example of the community’s can-do spirit when challenged to find solutions,” Mayor Alice Patino said. “Congratulations to the local students.”

    Click here for a short video about the program.
    Click here to reach The Patch website.

    The Patch is a public/private partnership that has so far provided more than 400 local high school students with free, hands-on, career-based agricultural production education experiences. Guidance is provided by public and private employees at the City’s Los Flores Ranch Park. Workdays give students an opportunity to learn skills, leadership, crop production, and produce an amazing fall attraction for the community. The Patch has attracted over 20,000 visitors, raised $180,000, and awarded $30,000 in scholarships.

    This is the sixth time the City received a Helen Putnam Award for Excellence. Previous City program recipients were the Listos (Ready) program in the category of Public Safety (2013), Rotary Centennial Park and Robin Ventura Field in the category of Health and Wellness Programs (2007), the Nonhazardous Hydrocarbon Impacted Soils program in the category of Internal Administration (2005), Families for the First Decade Project in the category of Enhancing Public Trust, Ethics, and Community Involvement (2003), and the City’s Fiscalization of Land Use Model, in the category of Financial Management and Planning (2000).

    Questions may be directed to the City Manager’s Office, (805) 925-0951 extension 2372.