2020 Press Releases

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors will hold its budget hearing beginning at 9 a.m. June 9, and June 11 if needed. The public is encouraged to follow the proceedings via the County's website, YouTube and on cable TV channel 20.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department has tentatively scheduled a range improvement burn at 4155 Figueroa Mountain Rd in Los Olivos with a burn window from June 10 and June 11th.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that a complaint has been filed in the case involving Aura Leticia Mijangos, 61, of Goleta, California.

At 2:07 a.m. this morning, deputies responded to the 700-block of Royal Terrace to investigate a report of suspects who were checking the door handles of vehicles and going through vehicles they found unlocked.

Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and the Coalition Engaged in a Smoke-free Effort (CEASE) encourage local residents to go smoke free on World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) which is observed annually on May 31.

El Departamento de Salud Pública del Condado de Santa Bárbara y la Coalición Comprometida en un Esfuerzo Libre de Humo (CEASE, por sus siglas en inglés) motivan a los residentes locales a no fumar en el Día Mundial sin Tabaco (WNTD, por sus siglas en inglés) que se celebra anualmente el 31 de mayo.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced that Laura Mae Gish, age 52, having previously pled guilty to all charges resulting from a January 18, 2019 bus crash, was sentenced to the maximum sentence under the law.

On Tuesday, May 26, 2020 Santa Barbara County Fire Department Fire Investigators and Sheriff's Department Detectives identified and apprehended a male juvenile suspected of starting multiple fires in the area of North Turnpike Road and Vala Drive.

The County Health Officer Henning Ansorg, M.D. has issued Health Officer Order No. 2020-8.3. This Order will be effective starting 5 p.m., Tuesday May 26, 2020 and continuing until 5 p.m., on June 30, 2020 or until it is extended, rescinded, superseded, or amended in writing by the County of Santa Barbara Health Officer.

In order to minimize the economic impacts of COVID-19, the County of Santa Barbara is providing a clear, quick path for wineries and wine tasting rooms to begin serving food in order to operate in Stage 2 of Governor Newsom's four-stage COVID-19 Resilience Roadmap. On May 25, County Executive Officer Mona Miyasato, serving as the Director of Emergency Services, declared Emergency Rule #2, temporarily suspending County Code Chapter 35 Zoning Regulations and Permit Restrictions and any zoning development standards or regulations that otherwise prohibit or limit wineries and wine tasting rooms from serving food.