2020 Press Releases

No Cases of COVID-19 in Santa Barbara County

Preventing diseases that can spread in our communities is the foundation of public health. Santa Barbara County Public Health Department is joining with the California Department of Public Health in recognizing March 1-7 as "Preteen Vaccine Week," focusing on protecting kids 11 and 12 years of age against dangerous vaccine-preventable diseases.

In prior years, a voter who missed the voter registration deadline didn't get to vote in that election. Conditional Voter Registration, or Same Day Voter Registration, changes the game. Voters can now update their registration, including political party preference and vote up until the close of polls on Election Day!

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed yesterday a possible first case of person-to-person transmission of COVID-19 in California in the general public.

Cloud-Storage Provider Settles Consumer Protection Case for $274,000

This morning, Sheriff's Office detectives arrested two employees for suspected crimes committed against inmates while they were in custody. The arrests stem from a lengthy investigation that began in August 2018, with a report from an inmate.


On Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 4:08 p.m., Sheriff's Deputies responded to the 6800-block of Cathedral Oaks Road to investigate a report of suspect associated with a white van that had just exposed himself to a juvenile walking in the area.

At 12:45 this afternoon, Sheriff's Dispatch broadcast a be-on-the-lookout from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) for a vehicle that was stolen from Isla Vista. At 1:37 p.m., a deputy on patrol in the Buellton area received and LoJack alert that the vehicle was nearby.

Construction on the Ashley Road Bridge is complete, and the road is now open to traffic. The $1.8 million bridge connects East Mountain Road to Sycamore Canyon Road and provides essential access to Montecito Fire Department Station #2 and Cold Springs School. Residents, government officials, and local partners gathered on Thursday morning at the bridge to celebrate the project.