2018 Press Releases

With the increased visibility of on-demand shared mobility devices (like scooters and bikeshare), the Santa Barbara County Public Works Department would like to educate the public on the use of motorized scooters, and the efforts the County is undertaking to regulate them.

Road improvement work on West Main Street near Guadalupe will begin on November 26, 2018. This project will improve access to the Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve by reducing ponded water on the road after rains.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance in identifying victims, and locating surveillance video that would assist in the investigation of suspected thefts from vehicles in the Orcutt area.

The Isla Vista community has a new Community Resource Deputy. Sr. Deputy Justin Schroeder, a 13-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office, was selected for the position after a competitive selection process and started his new assignment on November 5, 2018.

News Release Motorized Scooters in the City of Goleta Goleta – The City of Goleta Police Department would like to take a moment to provide some important safety information and laws surrounding the use of motorized scooters: Per California Vehicle Code section 21235, the operator of a motorized scooter shall not do any


In the early morning hours of 11/19/2018, members of the Sheriff's Special Investigations Bureau and the Goleta City Police served a search warrant in the 300 block of Ellwood Beach Drive, which was related to a narcotics sales investigation.

The decedent who was fatally injured when she was struck by a northbound Amtrak passenger train on November 16, 2018, adjacent to the southbound Olive Mill Road off-ramp in Montecito has been identified as being 33-year-old Casilina Gallagher, a local transient.

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors adopted a recommendation to reduce the cost of an annual County parks day-use pass.

After seven weeks of interactive classes, 34 Santa Barbara County residents graduated today, November 17, 2018, from the Citizen's Academy.

At approximately 12:30 p.m. on November 16, 2018, Sheriff's deputies responded to investigate a burglary from the previous night at a ranch in the 1200 block of North Glenn Annie Road, in a rural area just north of the City of Goleta.