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  • Local Contractors Recognized for Assisting Residents With Energy Efficient Projects - Four local contractors were recognized for assisting Central Coast residents in making energy-efficient upgrades to their homes. This year's recipients of emPower Central Coast's second annual Contractor Recognition Awards are Solarponics, CK Builders Inc., Halsell Builders and NRG Heating & Air Conditioning.  emPower offers free energy consultations from experienced Energy Coaches who can connect homeowners with qualified contractors, utility incentives and low-interest unsecured financing. For homeowner information, visit

  • Be inspired by County employee Travis Spier, an engineer in Public Works who lost his eyesight, but he is "Learning to live life to the fullest
    Watch his story on KEYT

  • SMALL BUSINESSES AND NONPROFITS IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTY MAY QUALIFY FOR FEDERAL ASSISTANCE  The County of Santa Barbara was recently included in two separate federal assistance programs stemming from severe winter storms that impacted the county February 1-25, 2017. Businesses and nonprofit organizations in Santa Barbara County that believe they were adversely impacted due to the 2017 February storms are encouraged to contact the SBA as soon as possible to check their eligibility status. Read the press release for more information. 

  • On April 11, 2017, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance establishing a limited term, non-personal cannabis cultivation and related Operations Registry Program within the unincorporated areas of the county, and established an Ad Hoc Committee to research, establish and monitor cannabis operations. View the press release as well as the online registration form