2017 Press Releases

Beginning June 1, 2017 the Santa Barbara County Fire Department (SBCFD) began conducting defensible space inspections. A minimum of 100 feet of defensible space is required around your home in Santa Barbara County. Engine companies will perform inspections and provide homeowners with educational material on how to comply.

Graduation ceremonies are scheduled for tomorrow, June 21, 2017, in both Santa Barbara and Santa Maria to recognize 39 former state prisoners who have completed a comprehensive re-entry program.

The Traffic Unit of the Goleta Police Department will step up pedestrian safety enforcement operations tomorrow, June 21, 2017, with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists and pedestrians.

The 2016 Santa Barbara County Agricultural Crop Production Report was released today by the County Agricultural Commissioner's Office. In 2016, agricultural products grown in the county surpass $1 billion, according to Agricultural Commissioner Cathy Fisher.

A Carpinteria resident died today, June 17, 2017, as the result of a traffic collision that occurred at her home in the 1300-block of Vallecito Place in the City of Carpinteria.

The 2017 Arts and Economic Prosperity® 5 report was released today from Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit organization for advancing the arts across the nation. According to the study, our local nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $198.6 million in annual economic activity.

The Sheriff's Office is saddened to report the loss of a valued member of our family. 41-year-old Custody Deputy Trevor Carpenter passed away on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 after a valiant fight with Leukemia.

With temperatures forecasted to rise over the next several days, the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and Santa Barbara County Air Pollution Control District remind residents that the summer brings air quality concerns including the potential for wildfires and the formation of smog.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that Edward Kyle Vantassel, age 37, was charged with Felony Animal Abuse in violation of Penal Code section 597(a). It is alleged that Mr. Vantassel intentionally injured his dog "Pooh."

Yesterday, the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors adopted a balanced budget of $1.081 billion for Fiscal Year 2017-18 (FY 17-18).