2014 Press Releases

Tired of seeing those old paint cans in the garage or that old jug of used motor oil in the back shed? Bring them to an upcoming household hazardous waste collection event. The Santa Barbara County Public Works Department is holding two events this fall – on Saturday, October 4 in New Cuyama and on Sunday, October 5 in the Santa Ynez Valley.

The Goleta Police Department Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint Friday night, September 26, at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 3:30 a.m.

Every second counts if you or someone you know is having a stroke. The Santa Barbara County Fire Department reminds you that FAST is an easy way to remember the sudden signs of a stroke.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced that today Hugo Alejandro Mendoza, age 26, was sentenced to 31 years in state prison for molesting two different girls under 11 years old.

The Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors has directed the County Water Agency to undertake a study of local water supply options available now and into the future.

In celebration of National Voter Registration Day on Tuesday, September 23, Registrar of Voters Joe Holland encourages Santa Barbara County residents to exercise their right as citizens and make sure they are registered to vote for the upcoming General Election.

In honor of National Pit Bull Awareness Month, the Responsible Pet Ownership (RPO) Alliance is offering FREE spay/neuter services for Pit Bulls or Pit Bull mixes throughout the month of October as a part of our "Love-A-Bull, Fix-A-Bull" Campaign.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced today that a jury in Santa Maria convicted Raymond Daniel Macias of kidnapping for extortion with the special allegations of causing substantial injury, principal use of a firearm, and the criminal street gang allegation.

The largest volunteer cleanup event in Santa Barbara County had another successful year. Over 1,074 volunteers came together at over 25 separate sites from Rincon Beach Park to Guadalupe Dunes to do their part to clean up our local beaches, rivers, creeks and parks. Over 3,864 pounds of trash and 831 pounds of recyclables were collected and prevented from entering our ocean and waterways.

The Ready Campaign established four universal building blocks of emergency preparedness: Be informed, Make a Plan, Build a Kit, and Get Involved. America's PrepareAthon! builds on this foundation by encouraging millions of Americans to focus on a simple, specific activity that will increase preparedness.