News & Announcements

  • Join the Arts Commission for an open house this Monday, Sept. 25 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Goleta Library (500 N. Fairview Ave.) to share in coffee and discussion about public art. Meet County Supervisor Janet Wolf and Second District Arts Commissioners Dante Sigismondi, Mariko Tabar and Dug Uyesaka. 

  • The public is invited to help envision a new County park next to San Marcos Foothills Preserve near Hwy 154 and Foothill Road. The County Parks Division is hosting a series of master planning meetings  in October. For dates and more information, go to

  • Statement from the County Executive Office in Response to Today's Arrest Made for Charges of Misappropriation of Public Funds, Forgery and Conspiracy.

  • NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING - The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Tribal Matters led by Third District Supervisor Joan Hartmann and First District Supervisor Das Williams will hold a meeting in conjunction with Kenneth Kahn, Chairman of the Santa Ynez Band of the Chumash Indians, to share with the public terms of a tentative intergovernmental agreement regarding Camp 4. It is anticipated that more than one public meeting will be held. The first meeting to inform the public on the key terms of the agreement is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, September 25 at Saint Marks in the Valley Episcopal Church, 2901 Nojoqui Ave., Los Olivos, 93441. Prior to the meeting additional material will be posted to the Ad Hoc Subcommittee web page at The public can also submit questions and comments through the website or send e-mail directly to    

  • Santa Barbara County Reduces Emissions Equivalent To Taking 6,500 Cars Off Local Roads
    County staff, residents and businesses have made strides reducing global warming pollution, as called for in the County's Energy and Climate Action Plan. Working together, the County and community have reduced greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 30,605 metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent. That compares to removing almost 6,500 cars off our local roads and highways for 12 months. The County released its first progress report documenting successes and challenges in implementing the County's 2015 Energy and Climate Action Plan (ECAP). View the Progress Report and read the press release.

  • County Resolutions Shine a Light on Health and Human Services; Board of Supervisors Adopt Proclamations to Raise Awareness for Childhood Cancer, Suicide Prevention and Behavioral Health Recovery
    On September 12, 2017, Board of Supervisors adopted several resolutions to raise awareness for important health and human service issues. The Board proclaimed September 2017 as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and National Recovery Month, and September 10-16 as National Suicide Prevention Week in the county. Read the full press release

  • The Public Works Department will host a free Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection event on Sunday, October 1 from 9:00-2:00 at the Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer Station. Bring items like paint, pesticides, used motor oil, computers, TVs, and much more. Visit for details.

  • POP-UP ART INSTALLATION HEADED TO STATE STREET! The Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture proudly announces a new Pop-Up Exhibition called "Runaway," an innovative pavilion created by Greg Corso and Molly Hunker of the award-winning design and architecture collaborative, SPORTS. "Runaway" is on loan from the Museum of Contemporary Art and installed in the Historic Storke Placita located at 700 State Street in downtown Santa Barbara from September 2- 30, 2017.

  • Santa Barbara County Wins Award for Excellence in Solid Waste Management
    The Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) announced on Monday that the County of Santa Barbara's Department of Public Works Resource Recovery & Waste Management Division (RRWMD) has been named the winner of the SWANA Silver Excellence Award in the Integrated Solid Waste Management System category. The award will be presented at SWANA's annual conference, WASTECON®, on Tuesday, September 26, in Baltimore, Maryland. Read press release.

  • The Assessment Appeals filing period is open from July 3, 2017 through November 30, 2017. Click here for more information on the Assessment Appeals process, mandatory filing fees, and to download the current form.

  • The Santa Barbara County Clerk-Recorder, Assessor announced today that secured property tax value notices for 2017 are available on the County Clerk-Recorder & Assessor website at Notices are posted for 130,948 parcels in the County. The Tax Collector Tax will mail tax bills in the fall.  Property factored base year values will be increased by the California Consumer Price Index of 1.2 percent, as mandated by the Revenue and Taxation Code. Property owners who believe that their property is not properly valued are encouraged to contact the Assessor's Office and request an informal review by September 1, 2017. The deadline for filing a formal assessment appeal for the 2017-18 assessment roll is November 30, 2017.