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  • 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

  • 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.

  • FIRST 5 WELCOMES NEW COMMISSIONERS - 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.

  • 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)