2017 Press Releases

Four local contractors are being recognized for their dedication, professionalism and service assisting Central Coast residents in making energy-efficient upgrades to their homes. This year's recipients of emPower Central Coast's second annual Contractor Recognition Awards are Solarponics, CK Builders Inc., Halsell Builders and NRG Heating & Air Conditioning.

Fire investigators from the Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD) have released the official cause of the Sherpa Fire as accidental. A resident living on La Scherpa Ranch was burning a log in his indoor fireplace when the wind picked up, causing smoke to fill the residence.

Today, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors received a five-year update on the Calle Real Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Array project (solar panels arranged in a group to capture maximum amount of sun light to convert it into usable electricity).

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is requesting public assistance to help identify and locate a suspect responsible for violently attacking and robbing a woman at a bus stop this past Saturday night in the City of Carpinteria.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley, together with 34 other California District Attorneys and two City Attorneys, announced today that San Bernardino County Superior Court Judge Bryan F. Foster has ordered Ohio-based company Big Lots Stores, Inc., and its subsidiary corporations, that own and operate Big Lots stores and a distribution center in Rancho Cucamonga, to pay $3,507,500 in civil penalties, costs, and supplemental environmental projects.

Construction of the Woodmere Drive Barrier Wall in Orcutt began on April 17, 2017. The project is located on Woodmere Drive, between the cross streets of Harmony Lane and Genoa Way.

The Santa Barbara County Water Agency is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Water Wise High School Video Contest.

The County of Santa Barbara was recently included in two separate federal assistance programs stemming from severe winter storms that impacted the county February 1-25, 2017.

At approximately 5:20 p.m. today, April 27, 2017, Sheriff's deputies responded to a silent alarm call at the Montecito Bank and Trust located in the 1000 block of Casitas Pass Road in the City of Carpinteria.

Joyce E. Dudley announced today that thirty-four-year-old Marcale Emon Alexander of Bakersfield, California, pled guilty to human trafficking charges.