2017 Press Releases

The County Planning and Development Department is conducting two meetings for the public to comment on the scope and content of issues to be addressed in the Cannabis Land Use Ordinance and Licensing Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR).

The Sheriff's Office is releasing the identity of the pedestrian that was fatally injured by a train in Goleta yesterday, July 20, 2017. The decedent is 51-year-old Edmund Alexander Backus of Goleta.

Just after noon today, July 20, 2017, an adult male in his fifties was walking on the tracks near S. La Patera Lane just before the Goleta Amtrak Station when he was struck and fatally injured by an Amtrak passenger train that was headed northbound.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 20, 2017 Contact: Douglas Metz, Deputy Director of Primary Care & Family Health, Public Health Department, (805) 681-5252 Lyz Hoffman, Air Pollution Control District Public Information Officer, (805) 364-2247 Air Quality Warning for Santa Barbara County Cancelled SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — Today


The Traffic Unit of the Goleta Police Department will step up pedestrian safety enforcement operations tomorrow, July 19, 2017, with focused enforcement on collision causing factors involving motorists and pedestrians. The Traffic Unit will be deployed to crackdown on drivers and pedestrians who violate traffic laws meant to protect all roadway users.

Just after 1:00 p.m. on Monday, July 17, 2017, a female hiker in her late forties was hiking down the East Fork of the Cold Springs Trail in the mountains above Montecito when her right knee gave out. Unable to support her weight to continue walking, her hiking companions called 9-1-1 and spoke with dispatchers at the Santa Barbara County Public Safety Dispatch Center to relay that they could not carry her down the trail.

Firefighters are making progress battling the Whittier Fire. The threat level on the east side of the fire has been reduced significantly. With conditions improving, the changes listed below are effective immediately.

After eight days of closure due to the Whittier Fire, the Highway 154 corridor is now open. The highway was closed Sunday, July 8, after the Whittier Fire erupted near Lake Cachuma and burned on both sides of the highway.

At 2:30 p.m. on July 16, 2017, Santa Barbara County proclaimed a local emergency due to the Whittier Fire and Alamo fires. The Whittier Fire has burned over 18,000 acres south of Lake Cachuma and the Alamo Fire has burned 29,000 acres west of Twitchell Reservior. The proclamation was made by the County Office of Emergency Management; the Board of Supervisors is expected to act formally on the proclamation at its next meeting on Tuesday, July 18, 2017.

PROCLAMATION OF LOCAL EMERGENCY BY DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY SERVICES ALAMO AND WHITTIER FIRES WHEREAS, Chapter 12, Sec. 12-5(a) of the Santa Barbara County Code, empowers the County of Santa Barbara, Director of Emergency Services, to proclaim a local emergency if the Board of Supervisors is not in session;