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Chandra Wallar, Santa Barbara County CEO

Paul Wellman

Chandra Wallar, Santa Barbara County CEO


Oil Company Reps Win Dinner with County CEO

Chandra Wallar Held Auctions to Raise Money for United Way


Four people who work for area oil companies have won a series of auctions County CEO Chandra Wallar held to raise money for Santa Barbara’s United Way chapter.

Former supervisor Mike Stoker — who is also a spokesperson for Greka Energy and is mulling a run for State Senate next year — won one auction, while David Pratt — president of Santa Maria Pacific Oil — won two auctions. They will be joined by Steve Grieg, governmental relations liaison for Venoco Inc.

Two seats were auctioned off each week for four weeks — beginning October 7 and running through November 4 — for the opportunity to dine with Wallar, who has been the county’s top bureaucrat for a little more than a year, at her home. The most recent auction raised $620 after 26 bids. The four auctions in total raised $1,825.

Wallar said she told the winners to expect idle chit-chat at the dinner table, and if “they wanted to talk business, to make an appointment.” She and her husband are tentatively planning to cook tri-tip and salmon on her husband’s “mega grill,” serving plenty of meat and plenty of dessert.

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