2020 Press Releases

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department (PHD) released a new information portal to augment its current website in response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). The new user-friendly communication portal uses accessible icons to organize information as a one-stop -shop information source for the community.

Results of the 2020 Point in Time (PIT) Count of persons experiencing homelessness was released today. Conducted on January 29, 2020 by the Santa Maria/Santa Barbara County Continuum of Care (CoC), the Count is mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and serves as a snapshot of homelessness in the county on a single night.

On Friday March 6, 2020 at approximately 11:58 pm, multiple people called 911 to report a fight involving several subjects in the area of 6600-block of Del Playa Drive. As deputies were responding, a shot was heard and deputies, along with UCSB Police and CHP responded with lights and sirens. When they arrived, deputies learned a male suspect had been involved in an argument, pulled a gun from his waistband, and fired a single shot. Nobody was injured and there was evidence the round struck a cement walkway. The suspect fled in an unknown direction prior to deputies' arrival.

The PHD is urging agencies, businesses, organizations, and health care providers throughout the county to develop and/or update a plan for social distancing within 24-48 hours.

The Santa Barbara County Community Services Department, Parks Division, is hiring beach lifeguards, pool lifeguards and junior lifeguard instructors for the 2020 summer season.

District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that Adolph Washington Jr. (age 28) and Davion Jones (age 35) were convicted on Monday, March 9, 2020 of multiple gang related residential burglaries and a home invasion robbery.

Santa Barbara County Animal Services is advising the community to be on high alert after identifying multiple cases of distemper in wildlife throughout Santa Barbara County, with a high concentration in the northern parts of the County. The public was first alerted to this risk to domestic dogs in January 2020.

The Goleta Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint on Friday, March 6th, 2020, at an undisclosed location within the city of Goleta between the hours of 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.

Currently, there are no cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Santa Barbara County. The health risk from COVID-19 to the public remains low at this time.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is seeking grant funding to provide increased patrolling and enforcement in areas where off-road vehicles are being used illegally.