2018 Press Releases

The National Weather Service and County and emergency agencies are monitoring a storm system heading toward Santa Barbara County. Precipitation is expected to begin Friday afternoon, April 6, starting in northern portions of the county, and continue through Saturday afternoon. Gusty northwest winds of 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts to 40 mph in isolated areas can be expected starting this afternoon through tomorrow morning.

Drivers are using their cell phones less often while driving, 10 years after "hands-free" became the law, but distracted driving remains a serious safety challenge in California.

The Santa Barbara County Community Services Department has announced that the beaches at Isla Vista will be closed due to the potential for a "Floatopia" event on Saturday, April 7 and Sunday, April 8, 2018. The closure is declared to prevent a re-occurrence of the conditions that resulted from the 2009 Floatopia. The Santa Barbara County Code (Section 26-11) authorizes the Community Services Department to close any County recreation area including beaches.

The Santa Barbara County Fire Department will be hosting a Valor Ceremony honoring several firefighters and helicopter pilots for their heroic efforts during the Whittier Fire and January 9, 2018 mud/debris flow incident in Montecito.

A local collaboration between the County of Santa Barbara and the American Institute of Architects in Santa Barbara (AIASB) will offer free guidance for how to begin the rebuilding process to owners of properties that were damaged or destroyed in recent disasters.

Una colaboración local entre el condado de Santa Bárbara y el Instituto Americano de Arquitectos en Santa Bárbara (AIASB) ofrecerá orientación gratuita sobre cómo comenzar el proceso de reconstrucción a los propietarios de propiedades que fueron dañadas o destruidas en desastres recientes.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is releasing the identity of the foreign student who was fatally injured yesterday, March 30, 2018, at approximately 1:20 a.m. in a traffic collision at the intersection of Hollister Avenue and Storke Road in the City of Goleta.

The Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture is pleased to announce the winners of the regional Poetry Out Loud Competition.

Exhibition to Visit Santa Barbara and Santa Maria

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office is requesting public assistance to help locate 16-year-old Eternity Pittman of Carpinteria. On March 1, 2018, Pittman attempted to run away but was returned home.