Mayor and City Council

The Mayor and City Council

The Guadalupe City Council consist of a Mayor and four City Council members. Mayor serves for a two-year term and Council members serve a four-year term. Elections are held in the fall of even numbered years on a rotating basis, so three seats are up for election every two years. 

 Each City Council member represents the City at large, there are no districts.

The City Council establishes the mission, vision, guiding policy principals and goals. Council also represents the City on the following agencies: Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG), Santa Barbara Air Pollution Control District (APCD), Central Coast Water Authority (CCWA) and Central Coast Community Energy (3C Energy).

(Left to Right) Eugene Costa Jr., Christina Hernandez, Ariston Julian, Megan Lizalde, Gilbert Robles.

The City Council meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. in the Guadalupe Council Chambers, unless otherwise noted. Every meeting is streamed live via YouTube.

Ariston Julian, Mayor

Term: 2022-2024


Brief Bio: I was born at Sisters Hospital, Santa Maria and raised all my life in Guadalupe attending Guadalupe School District, Righetti Highschool, and Hancock Junior College before enlisting in the United States Airforce and stationed at Castle AFB, Merced California for four years.  Honorably discharged as staff sergeant in 1972 immediately enrolling at Fresno State, Fresno California.  Graduated in 1975 with master’s degree in social work with a macro concentration focusing on community development, health management, and community education.  Served as a city of Guadalupe recreation commission member for four years before being elected to my first four term as a city council member in 1980.  I have served as a council member for various terms for the past 18 years and as mayor pro tem for two years.  As the current mayor I am currently serving my third two-year term to December 2024. 

I am retired with over 21 years as an Executive Director of with the Guadalupe Community Health Centers Inc., and 18 years as Facility Director with Community Health Centers of the Central Coast. I was employed by Marian Medical Center as health education outreach coordinator and several years as counselor and contract developer with a local non-profit farm worker training program.   I have been certified by Federal and California OSHA as a certified Safety trainer.  I am active in youth sport development programs, charter member, Guadalupe Sports Hall of Fame, member of a local veteran’s group and volunteer for local city parks maintenance and facilities development programs. My goal as an elected official for the city is to work with others to ensure that all community residents are served to highest degree by local officials and city staff.

Eugene Costa Jr., Councilmember

Term: 2022-2026


Brief Bio:  Coming Soon.




Gilbert Robles, Councilmember

Term: 2020-2024


Brief Bio: Born and raised in Guadalupe, Gilbert Robles is a father, a coach and a local business owner. A long-time active member of the community, Gilbert is the proud owner of the 9th Street Barber Shop and has been a local youth coach and mentor to many of our kids over the years.


Christina Hernandez, Councilmember

Term: 2022-2026


Brief Bio: Hello!! I was born in the Santa Maria Valley and have been a lifelong resident of Guadalupe. My passion for social equity began when I started working for Nonprofits and visually experiencing firsthand the disadvantages rural community have. The past 10 years, I have been working with nonprofit organizations. I hold a deep passion to bring community members and organizations and establish equity for all.

I have served chairs on the Guadalupe Lions Club and the Guadalupe Comite for the past 5 years.

My biggest passion is connecting my community with our local outdoors. I love hiking the dunes & looking to make new connections with others that have the same passion!

Megan Lizalde, Councilmember

Term: 2022-2024


Brief Bio: My name is Megan Lizalde and I am a third generation Guadalupe resident. My grandparents came to Guadalupe in the 1920’s and raised their 7 kids on Tognazzini street. I am a proud resident of Guadalupe and am so grateful to get to raise my 3 kids in this community.

Throughout my life my father has taught me the importance of serving others, to help where you
can when you can and that a strong balanced community benefits everyone. I attended
Guadalupe schools and graduated Ernest Righetti High School in 2002. I was recently
appointed to the City Council to fill a vacancy in February of 2023 and I am grateful for the
opportunity to serve. As a council member I feel that my role is to represent my community and
be a good steward of our resources. I envision Guadalupe investing in itself and its community
members so that we can thrive and evolve in this post COVID era. Thank you Guadalupe for
letting me serve and represent you for the next 2 years.

Contact the City Administration Department

Todd Bodem
City Administrator

Amelia M. Villegas
City Clerk

Juana M. Escobar
Administrative Assistant

Office Hours

Monday – Friday: 7am – 4:30pm

Phone: (805) 356-3891
Fax: (805) 343-5512