2020 Press Releases

On Monday, June 29, the Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care and 20 local stakeholders launched a 100-Day Challenge to reduce youth homelessness in Santa Barbara County.

Santa Barbara County Health Officer, Dr. Henning Ansorg has issued a Health Officer Order mandating the closure of multiple business sectors that promote the mixing of populations beyond households and create environments where physical distancing and wearing face coverings is difficult.

Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today released guidance directing that counties on the County Monitoring List for three or more consecutive days to close indoor operations for sectors that promote the mixing of populations beyond households and create environments where physical distancing and wearing face coverings is difficult.

Two additional custody deputies, one custody civilian staff member and a patrol deputy sheriff have tested positive for COVID-19 this week. Two of the four exposures do not appear to be work related.

The Santa Barbara County Animal Services Department wishes everyone a safe and happy 4th of July holiday and reminds pet owners that many domestic animals are frightened by fireworks.

El Departamento de Servicios de Animales del Condado de Santa Bárbara les desea a todos un feliz y seguro día festivo el 4 de julio y también les quiere recordar a propietarios de mascotas que muchos animales domésticos tienen miedo a los fuegos artificiales.

As we approach the 4th of July holiday, the Goleta Police Department encourages the public to be responsible and safe over the Independence Day Weekend by not driving impaired.

In years past, we have asked the public to leave the fireworks and pyrotechnic shows to the professionals. We recognize that due to the COVID19 pandemic those shows have been canceled in Santa Barbara County. This might entice people to purchase and put on their own fireworks shows.

In recognition of artists' essential social contributions, the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission will award up to 20 stipends of $500 each to local artists who have created work in response to this unprecedented time.

The Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office is releasing recent arrest and use of force statistics for its patrol and custody operations branches.