2020 Press Releases

The WaterWise Garden Recognition Contest is being launched to promote attractive and water efficient gardens in the County. The Santa Barbara County Water Agency and participating local water providers encourage residents to apply for the contest online to compete for an agency award and the countywide grand prize.

On Tuesday, February, 11, 2020 at 12:03 in the morning, Sheriff's Deputies conducted a traffic stop of a black Chevrolet Equinox traveling northbound on Highway 101 at Casitas Pass. During the stop, deputies searched the vehicle and found nearly one pound of methamphetamine concealed in the dashboard with a replica firearm.

Public's Help Requested in Goleta Hit and Run Investigation

On Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 1:27 p.m., Sheriff's Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call of an explosion and smoke coming from an apartment in the 3300-block of Orcutt Road. Deputies responded to the residence along with County Fire and American Medical Response (AMR).

The Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture is pleased to announce "Student Voices from the Santa Barbara City College Art Department," a new exhibition at Santa Barbara City Hall showcasing top examples of current SBCC student artwork.

On Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at 4:25 p.m., a man entered Buddha Bowls at 901 Embarcadero Del Mar in Isla Vista and asked the clerk for change for. When the clerk opened the register, the suspect demanded money and lifted his clothing to show a handgun tucked in his waistband.

At 7:47 this morning, Sheriff's Dispatch received a call of a red, two-door Toyota sedan that hit two pedestrians in front of Carpinteria High School.

Poll worker training for the March 3, 2020 Presidential Primary Election is starting Tuesday, February 18 throughout the county, yet the Registrar of Voters office announced it is in need of 26 volunteers to serve as clerks in south county, and more countywide as back-up in case of last minute cancellations.

Reported Homeless Deaths in 2018 Are Down Slightly from 2017

Following on several recent new initiatives and collaboration focused on diversion, mental health and homeless services and facilities, called "transformative" by Board of Supervisors Chair Gregg Hart, today the County Board of Supervisors authorized staff to submit applications for state funding from the Homeless Housing, Assistance and Prevention (HHAP) program.