2018 Press Releases

Halloween is one of the most anticipated nights of the year for kids, but it can be a scary night to be a pedestrian. Research shows that Halloween is one of the deadliest days of the year for pedestrians, especially children.

In prior years, a voter who missed the voter registration deadline didn't get to vote in that election. Conditional Voter Registration, or Same Day Voter Registration, changes the game.

Halloween can be the spookiest night of the year, but keeping your pets safe doesn't have to be tricky.

A Lompoc Unified School District (LUSD) employee is in custody after an investigation revealed that he physically abused a 10-year-old special needs child on a school bus on October 16, 2018.

The Santa Barbara County Public Health Department along with the Medical Reserve Corps of Santa Barbara County hosted a free flu shot event in the City of Goleta that yielded record community participation. Thanks to the efforts of community partners in spreading the message of yesterday's event, nearly 800 community members received a flu shot, approximately 300 more vaccines than previously given at this annual event!

On Thursday, October 18, 2018, Santa Barbara County Animal Services received a call of a sick horse dumped in the 6000 block of Dominion Road in Santa Maria. When Animal Control Officers arrived they were led to a Bay Thoroughbred mare, approximately 16 hands tall, very thin, with open abscesses on her neck, swelling on her abdomen and chest, and a few abrasions on her back. The mare was transported to an equine veterinary hospital for care and her prognosis at this time is guarded.

The Santa Barbara County Public Works Department encourages residents to compost their Halloween pumpkins rather than throwing them into the trash. Food scraps (including pumpkins) deposited at the landfill generate methane, but they can also be used to improve your landscape.

The decedent whose body was discovered around 9:30 a.m., on October 20, 2018, near the surf line just east of the Camino Del Sur beach access in Isla Vista has been identified as being 20-year-old Alessandro Esquivel from Downey California. Next of kin has been notified. A final cause and manner of death is pending toxicology and lab results.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today the sentencing of Donald Paul McCaffrey on misdemeanor charges of hit and run and resisting, obstructing, or delaying a law enforcement officer.

The deadline to register and be eligible to vote in the November 6, 2018 General Election is Monday, October 22. If a voter has moved or changed his/her name, they must update their registration by completing a new voter registration form.