News & Announcements

  • Please note that County of Santa Barbara business offices will be closed on Thursday, November 23rd and Friday, November 24th in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.

  • Cachuma Lake Trout Releases To Begin In Time For Veteran's Day Weekend - In cooperation with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, County Parks was granted a Private Stocking Permit for up to 16,000 pounds of triploid rainbow trout for 2017-18; twice as much as was granted in 2016! Just in time for Veteran's Day weekend (Nov. 10-12), the first of four planned releases of 4,000 pound loads will make its way to the water. The trout will range in size from half a pound "catchables," to eight-pound "trophies." Read the full press release here

  • Announcing a Sleeping Bag Drive to help the homeless. The County Public Defender's Office is collecting donations of new or gently used sleeping bags, jackets, scarves, gloves, backpacks, shoes and new hygiene products. Donations must be delivered to one of the following locations by Friday, November 17:  Santa Barbara County Public Defender, 1100 Anacapa Street (under Courthouse archway); or to Family Service Agency of Santa Barbara, 123 Gutierrez Street. Read the flier for more information. 

  • Unsuspecting travelers bring in plants, food, and other agricultural items that can contain harmful pests and diseases. This has a direct impact on our County, its environment, food and economy. Answer a few easy questions to determine if the items you're traveling with could harm native species. Visit

  • The Public Defender's Office is participating in a FREE legal clinic for veterans in Santa Barbara County through the OneJustice Bus® Project. The clinic is on Friday, Nov. 17; appointments are required and space is limited. For additional information and to make an appointment please read the full press release.

  • The County of Santa Barbara Board of Supervisors is now accepting résumés from qualified County residents who are interested in serving as a Board-appointed Trustee on the County's Retirement Board. The Retirement Board governs the Santa Barbara County Employees' Retirement System (SBCERS) which administers the County's pension plan and pension-related benefits for the County's employees and retirees. Click here for more information.

  • The Assessment Appeals filing period is open from July 3, 2017 through November 30, 2017. Click here for more information on the Assessment Appeals process, mandatory filing fees, and to download the current form.