2020 Press Releases

A new ordinance will go into effect on January 17, 2020 amending County Code Chapter 37A, License of Tobacco Retailers, and will affect the unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County. The purpose of the ordinance is to keep tobacco out of the hands of Santa Barbara County youth.

In a ceremony held at Sheriff's Headquarters, Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Detective Christopher MacAuley was presented with the American Red Cross Lifesaving Award for his successful intervention which saved the life of a one-year old child.

The Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture (www.sbac.ca.gov) is pleased to announce "Tiny Libraries on Tour," sponsored by the County Arts Commission in partnership with the cities of Goleta, Santa Barbara and Santa Maria.

Sheriff's Narcotics Detectives working an ongoing investigation served a search warrant yesterday at a hotel in the 1100-block of North H Street. During the search warrant service, detectives contacted 18-year-old Dillon Spoor of Santa Ynez and 21-year-old Moret Houston of Santa Ynez.

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is pleased to announce that Dr. Daniel Shepherd will be the next Medical Director for the Santa Barbara County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Agency. Dr. Shepherd will officially begin his new role on February 1, 2020.

Today, at approximately 4:28 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies responded to a 911 call for a robbery that had just occurred in the 900-block of Embarcadero Del Mar in Isla Vista.

At approximately 11:24 a.m. this morning, a Sheriff's Deputy attempted to stop a tan colored Toyota Camry for speeding in the area of the roundabout at Highway 246 and Purisima Road. The driver failed to yield and accelerated to speeds near 100 mph.

The Santa Barbara County Registrar of Voters office is looking for volunteers to serve as poll workers for the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election. Community participation is key to staffing the nearly 170 precinct boards for the election.

Yesterday, January 6, 2020, at approximately 1:00 pm, a 93-year-old male was riding his bicycle in the 5700-block of Calle Real when he was struck by a passing vehicle. The victim was knocked off his bicycle and suffered moderate injuries in the collision.

It's that time of year when the temperatures drop to a bitter low. During the winter months, we tend to spend more time at home with our family and loved ones, so what better way to protect them than by making sure your home is protected from any fire hazards.