2017 Press Releases

The 2017 Arts and Economic Prosperity® 5 report was released today from Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit organization for advancing the arts across the nation. According to the study, our local nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $198.6 million in annual economic activity.

The Sheriff's Office is saddened to report the loss of a valued member of our family. 41-year-old Custody Deputy Trevor Carpenter passed away on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 after a valiant fight with Leukemia.

With temperatures forecasted to rise over the next several days, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District remind residents that the summer brings air quality concerns including the potential for wildfires and the formation of smog.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that Edward Kyle Vantassel, age 37, was charged with Felony Animal Abuse in violation of Penal Code section 597(a). It is alleged that Mr. Vantassel intentionally injured his dog "Pooh."

Yesterday, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors adopted a balanced budget of $1.081 billion for Fiscal Year 2017-18 (FY 17-18).

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that charges have been filed against Michael Lee Johnson as a result of a domestic violence incident that occurred on June 12, 2017 on Farmland Drive in Buellton.

In an initiative to cut air pollution and protect whales in the Santa Barbara Channel region, the partners announced today that the Vessel Speed Reduction (VSR) voluntary incentive program will for the first time include the San Francisco Bay Area.

At approximately 3:30 p.m. yesterday, June 13, 2017, personnel from the Santa Barbara County Probation Department and the Compliance Response Team conducted a compliance check at a residence in the 900 block of S. Blosser Rd. in the City of Santa Maria.

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors has approved the appointment of Van (pronounced Vaughn) Do-Reynoso, Ph.D., as the new Public Health Director.

Keeping cool when temperatures reach record highs isn't just about comfort. Dangerously high temperatures can result in heat‐related illnesses ranging from heat cramps to heat exhaustion and heat stroke.