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  • Today, the First 5 Commission issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Capacity Building Grants. First 5 has budgeted $40,000 for these grants which are meant to help local agencies strengthen their efforts to serve children prenatal through age 5 and their families. Read full press release.

  • The Public Works Department will host a free Household Hazardous Waste and Electronics Collection event on Sunday, April 2 from 9:00-2:00 at the Santa Ynez Valley Recycling and Transfer Station. Bring items like paint, pesticides, used motor oil, computers, TVs, and much more. Visit for details.

  • Board of Supervisors to Adopt Resolution Honoring Accomplishments and Legacy of Cesar E. Chavez; Local Artists Featured

    "Preservation of one's own culture does not require contempt or disrespect for other cultures." – Cesar Chavez

    On Tuesday, March 21, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors will adopt a resolution honoring the accomplishments and legacy of Cesar Estrada Chavez.  A national holiday in honor of Chavez is celebrated in California on his birthday, which is March 31.  The public is welcome to attend. Read the full release here.

  • FIRST 5 WELCOMES NEW COMMISSIONERS - Today, First 5 Santa Barbara announced that two new community leaders have joined the First 5 Commission. Santa Barbara County Third District Supervisor Joan Hartmann, PhD, JD, and Chair of the Board, joined the Commission in February. Charity Dean, MD, MPH, who joined the Commission this month, serves as the County Health Officer for the Public Health Department of Santa Barbara County. "We are profoundly grateful to have Supervisor Hartmann and Dr. Dean join the First 5 Commission," said First 5 Executive Director Ben Romo. "Their extensive expertise, professional background, and long record of community service will greatly benefit our work supporting children prenatal through age 5 and their families."  First 5 invests sales tax on cigarettes into local programs and services that help children prenatal through age 5 prepare for kindergarten. Read the full press release here.

  • BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO ADOPT RESOLUTION PROCLAIMING MARCH 27-31 TSUNAMI PREPAREDNESS WEEK IN SANTA BARBARA COUNTYTsunami: Know Your Risk; Know What to Do - At its regular meeting on March 21, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors is expected to adopt a resolution proclaiming March 27-31, 2017 Tsunami Preparedness Week in Santa Barbara County. During the last week of March, federal, state and local emergency officials ask residents and visitors along the ocean to take a moment to learn more about their risks of a tsunami and what actions are needed. Local emergency managers, government officials and partnering agencies are using the entire month of March to remind people of the easy actions they can take in the event of a very large local earthquake that can generate a tsunami. Read the full release and learn how to prepare. 

  • In response to the community's expressed concerns over recent immigration orders, ICE activity, and the use of County resources to augment federal ICE efforts for immigration enforcement, Santa Barbara County's collective public safety divisions of Sheriff, District Attorney, Public Defender, Probation and Agricultural Commissioner have issued the following information. (Información en español)

  • In coordination with the County Office of Arts and Culture, the City of Santa Barbara is pleased to announce "1925," a new public art/awareness/education installation in Jardin de las Granadas, located at 21 E. Anapamu Street across from the Santa Barbara Public Library. The four-piece sculptural installation, created by artists Kym Cochran and Jonathan Smith, represents the 1925 earthquake that destroyed much of downtown Santa Barbara.   Read the full press release.